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Trophies are symbols of achievement; lasting reminders of a job well done.

Whether it’s a 3rd place Little League award or a corporate plaque recognizing international success, Michael Chase, owner operator of The Trophy Guy and Sports Connection in downtown Norwich, says he got into the trophy business to be a part of those legacies, big and small.

“Being involved in sports as a coach for many years, I gave out a lot of trophies myself, and to see the expression on people’s faces when they received an award, it was a great feeling,” said Chase, who opened the store, located on 22 S. Broad St., in January. “I’ve always liked the idea of being rewarded for a job well done. Now I play a part in providing that feeling of achievement.”

After giving me some background as to why he got into the business and his passion for awards and recognition products, my first question was: “Do you ever get asked to make bonehead trophies for people when they do something stupid?”

With all the dumb things I do and see every day, I figure there’s got to be a market for that in our area. I can think of a few trophies that would fly off the shelves tomorrow.

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