In the world of athletics, every player knows there will be a day when they will wear their uniform for the last time. After three decades of owning and operating Sports Corner, Steve Stearns has decided it’s time to hang up his uniform. Instead of closing his business, he is passing it on to former Trojan athletes, Kyle York and Seth Lee.
Stearns and his wife knew he couldn’t run Sports Corner forever. When their daughters began blessing them with grandchildren, the decision became clear. It was time to step away from the role of being a store owner and step into the role of being a grandparent. The only question was, who would keep the Sports Corner tradition alive?
York and Lee quickly jumped at the idea of being the new owners. They want to continue the business approach Stearns established, and build on it. The integrity and character that Sports Corner embodies won’t be going away anytime soon.
“I remember coming into the store with my dad for any last-minute needs before a game,” Lee reminisced. “Whether it was a shirt or a uniform, we always knew if I needed it that day- Steve would get it done for us.”
Lee explained that they aren’t wanting to change the store, but rather update a few areas. Altering the name to Sports Corner Elite and giving it a much-needed online presence will be the starting touches. They will also offer fundraising opportunities and team shops along with apparel, uniform, and equipment needs as well.
“Thirty-one years ago, my wife dragged me into the athletic apparel business because she knew how much I loved it,” Stearns explained. “I have watched so many families begin and grow- and I’ve been given the opportunity to be a part of that. I hope the store will provide for both Seth and Kyle’s families like it has for my own. This place really needs a new energy, and these guys have it.”
York and Lee’s passion for athletics, small businesses, and community growth is the key to their new journey.
“We want Sports Corner Elite to be the same ole store you know you can come to,” York noted. “We will do whatever it takes to meet your needs.”