Hockey and soccer have some of the best trophy traditions. The best hockey captains gather everyone around their award to celebrate the team win, and the best soccer players put their trophy down for a few minutes to hold up their hands and clap for the fans who helped secure it.
There’s no shortage of stories about what’s been done with the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, the oldest and most-traveled championship trophy in the professional sports world, dating back to the 1890s. Unlike other sports trophies, the winners keep it until a new one is crowned the following year. "Lord Stanley’s Cup" has been used as a drinking utensil, a baby holder, a dog bowl, a baptismal font and even a fire pit.
But the best thing about the tradition of traveling with the Cup is documenting where it’s been.
How you can use it: Give a big trophy to a team captain and have them hoist it up with their team for a great photo opportunity. Or use a smaller version of the trophy to encourage well-earned time off. Maybe it’s awarded to someone who earns an extra week of vacation after a significant anniversary or someone who already travels a lot for work. Either way, leverage it to help communicate that your organization encourages taking your work recognition with you and documenting your good time(s) off.