Sports & Games

Aerobics sneaker

Founded in 1958 as a companion company to J.W. Foster and Sons (est. 1895), Reebok is an athletic footwear and apparel company, specialized in fitness.

American football gear

Founded in 1929 by John Tate Riddell, Riddell is an American company specializing in sports equipment for American football, mostly known for its helmet technology and innovation.

Basketball

Founded in 1876 by Albert Spalding in Chicago, Illinois, Spalding is an American sporting goods company specialized in the production of balls for many sports, but is most-known for its basketballs.

Boules (pétanque)

Founded in 1904 in Marseille by Félix Rofritsch, La Boule Bleue makes the most iconic pétanque boules. It all started when Rofritsch opened a shop on the rue des Fabres, and sold goods that he called ‘articles from Paris’.

Boxing gear

Founded in 1910 by Jacob Golomb as a manufacturer of swimwear, Everlast is the world’s leading manufacturer, marketer and licensor of boxing equipment.

Chess clock (digital)

Founded in 1992 by Ben Bulsink, DGT Projects manufactures the official FIDE chess clock. When studying at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, Bulsink built his first clock in 1985.

Cricket ball

Founded in 1890 by Alfred Grace Thompson, Kookaburra is a sports equipment company, mostly known for manufacturing the most iconic cricket ball.

Dartboard

Two big names feature in the history of the dartboard: Nodor, founded in 1919, and Winmau, founded in 1945 as H.A. Hicks.

Darts

Founded in 1937 by Frank Lowy, Unicorn is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dart equipment.

Exercise bike

Founded in 1968 by Ray Wilson and Augie Neato, Life Fitness is an American fitness equipment company, specialized in the production of exercise bikes and treadmills.

Field hockey stick

Founded in 1855 by world rackets champion H.J. Gray, Grays is a supplier of quality sports equipment for hockey, racquets and cricket, and especially known as a field hockey stick manufacturer.

Foosball table

Founded in 1927, Bonzini has always been active in the leisure industry, with a specialization in precision engineering and furniture manufacturing.

Golf club (putter)

Founded in 1967 by Karsten Solheim, Ping is an American manufacturer of golf equipment, especially known for making the most iconic putter model, the Ping Anser.

Golf club (wedge)

Founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland as ‘Cleveland Classics’, Cleveland Golf is a manufacturer of golf equipment, mostly known for its innovative wedges.

Moon boots

Founded in 1960 by Oreste Zanatta, who first ran a small workshop, Calzaturificio Tecnica S.P.A. focused primarily on the production of work-boots.

Playing cards

Playing cards date back as early as the 9th century during the Tang dynasty (618–907) in China. A standard deck of cards as we know it today is based on French playing cards.

Pool table

John Brunswick built his first billiards table in 1845 at his woodworking shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a successful Chicago meatpacker.

Snowboard

Founded in 1977 by Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton Snowboards played an important role in turning snowboarding from a backyard hobby into a world-class sport.

Stopwatch

Founded in 1882 by Johann A. Hanhart, Hanhart is a Swiss-German watch company, specialized in chronographs and stopwatches.

Swimming goggles

Founded in 1974 by Tommy and Margareta Malmsten, Malmsten AB is a Swedish manufacturer of swimming supplies, mostly known for its iconic swimming goggles.

Tennis ball

Founded in 1881 by Ralph and Albert Slazenger, Slazenger is a British sporting goods manufacturer which concentrates on racket sports, and is today one of the oldest surviving sporting brand names.

Tennis racket

Founded in 1875 by Pierre Babolat, Babolat is a French tennis, badminton, and squash equipment company, best known for its strings and tennis racquets which are used by several top players.

Tracksuit

Founded in 1949 by Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler, Adidas is a designer and manufacturer of sports shoes, clothing and accessories.

Volleyball

Volleyball was created in 1895 by William G. Morgan, who wanted to combine elements of basketball, baseball, handball and tennis into one sport.

Wetsuit

Founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill, O’Neill is originally a Californian surf wear and surfboard brand, credited to have invented the wetsuit.