Members of the Gridiron Glove team from Linfield College met during a class on sports management and they're serious about their invention — a glove that makes it easier to catch footballs thrown at high speeds.
Amanda Reser, a sophomore studying accounting and economics; Clark Hazlett, a senior majoring in marketing and sport studies; and Shannon Stoller, a sophomore with a sports management major make up the team and they'll tell you that Gridiron Glove is an athletic training tool and so much more. Read on to lear more about how the team sees their invention as a way to build lasting memories and how they learned more about themselves during the prototyping process.
1. What is your invention?
Our invention is a sport product that allows consumers to train their athletes at a high level, while building lasting memories that foster passion for the sport.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for your invention idea?
As a young boy growing up, my favorite thing to do was play sports with my Dad in the backyard. Playing with him was our bonding time as a father and son and those memories are ones that I still cherish to this day. The problem was that these bonding moments were cut short.
3. As you prepare to pitch your invention to judges, what are you most excited about sharing?
We are most excited to share the universal connection of our product. The universal connection behind our ideation will keep moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles practicing in sports with their kids longer than ever before.
4. Who are your invention heroes?
The Linfield College Business Department Faculty, Linfield Alumni and our mentor Read Worth have helped us along the way as we bring our ideation from nothing to something. Our mentor Read has instilled in us the importance of trusting in the process and challenges us to ask the question, 'How high is up?' Additionally, he challenges use to become the best versions of ourselves as we grow as individuals.
5. Tell us about your team. How did you connect with one another and how do you work together?
Our team got the opportunity to come together after we all were in the same sport management
course at Linfield. This course opened up our eyes to the possibilities of developing and integrated revolutionary technologies that consumers can incorporate in sport.
6. What is the most important thing you want the judges to understand about your invention —what will set you apart from the competition?
We are the most excited about getting the chance to share how our product will solve a problem and not just be another product on the shelves. Our ideation will set us apart from the competition as it is sustainable, defendable, and excitable. Lastly, our universal connection
behind our ideation will keep moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles practicing in sports with their kids longer than ever before.
See the Gridiron Glove prototype along with 21 other inventions at the InventOR Collegiate Challenge Finals on June 28 at Portland State University's Viking Pavilion.