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They’re all sporting it -American flag lapel pins and patches, but why?

The NCAA Basketball Tournament and “March Madness” is in full swing! College teams from across the country are battling it out for the chance to be hailed number one. National sportscasters, local newscasters, coaches, and players are all wearing American flag lapel pins and patches, but why? First of all, basketball is an American sport. It was created by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian PE instructor at YMCA Training School (now Springfield College) in 1892. He was looking for a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied during the long winter months. The first game was played on January 20, 1892, with nine players, two peach baskets and the game ended 1-0.Today’s players have put aside the peach baskets, and they’re sporting American flag patches on their uniforms. (Of course, they cannot wear lapel pins; they would poke someone’s eye out!) But why are they wearing flag patches–because they’re patriotic or because the game is shown on national TV? What about those college players who come from other countries? UCLA has two players from The Republic of Cameroon in central Africa. They’re wearing U.S. flag patches on their shoulders like their teammates, but how do they feel about it? Wearing the flag shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone. The American flag is one of our nation’s most widely recognized and used symbols. The three main colors are red, white, and blue. Red represents hardiness and valor; white represents innocence and purity; and blue represents perseverance, justice, and vigilance. Perhaps the NCAA basketball players are looking to the flag as a reminder that they need valor and perseverance to win the championship! But you don’t need to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy custom-made American flag pins or patches! Create your own patriotic pin just in time for the baseball season and the Fourth of July! Call The Monterey Company today at 1-800-259-6496!

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