By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew
Josh Hamilton fans can now share their love for Christ and the Texas Rangers all-star outfielder everywhere they go.
ScriptureArt, a provider of Christian gifts, home décor, and clothing, has created a line of clothing inspired by the life and testimony of Hamilton.
The Hamilton Tee Shirt Collectionis now available for purchase on ScriptureArt’s website, according to the company’s co-founder, Kelly Shiley.
“Josh has been amazingly transparent and out front about his struggles and about how his faith has helped him overcome them,” Shiley said. “His input was instrumental in helping us create designs that express that faith and dependence on God in authentic and graphically compelling ways.”
Hamilton, an outspoken Christian, has publicly acknowledged his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. This revelation, however, has not dampened his popularity. With 4.2 million votes, the 2010 Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player was the top vote-getter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
He and his wife, Katie, who is also co-founder of ScriptureArt, have four daughters.
The t-shirts – with styles for men, women, and children – feature inspirational slogans such as “iBelieve,” “Believe This,” (the “T” resembles a cross), and “Play Hard, Pray Harder.”
Based in Raleigh, N.C. and Dallas, Texas, ScriptureArt was co-founded by the Josh Hamilton’s wife, Katie, and Shiley in July 2011 with a mission to develop high quality products and designs which inspire others to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Shiley said the company will showcase Hamilton’s line of inspirational clothing and many other creations at the AmericasMart trade show, from July 11-18 in Atlanta, Ga. Their booth (no. 1111) can be found in building 3, floor 5.
“We’re doubly excited to now be able to bring the Hamilton line of clothes and our other exclusive creations to the trade at wholesale pricing for the first time,” Shiley said.