We're the Official Socks of the KC STINGERS Professional Pickleball Team!


Prairie Village, KS, May 18, 2024 Notes to Self Socks, a woman-owned, made in the USA brand based in Prairie Village, Kansas are the official socks of the Kansas City Stingers, Kansas City’s first professional pickleball team, part of the National Pickleball League.

“The connection between pickleball and our brand is natural,” said Laura Schmidt, Founder and Chief Positive Person at Notes to Self. “Pickleball is the most wonderful, positive sport for so many reasons: people of all ages can participate, it’s very social, and even in the most competitive match, it feels like it’s really about friendship and kindness.” The company even has a “I love playing” pickleball collection

Customers will tell you that these are the best socks they’ve ever worn, but the words are what make all the difference. Schmidt had the idea for her positive affirmation socks while on a road trip with her feet propped up on the dash. One of her favorite tools to increase her confidence was using positive affirmations. So when she learned that the subconscious mind is most receptive early in the morning and late at night, she decided to put affirmations on the toes (and bottoms) of socks to encourage others. 

Since its creation in 2011, Notes to Self has donated over 140,000 pairs of socks to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and children in great need. Empowering people, especially those experiencing doubt or challenging times, with positive self-talk is at the core of Notes to Self’s mission. Schmidt will tell you that the most meaningful part of her work is hearing stories about the brand’s impact. She receives almost daily communications from those who give, wear and love the socks, many of which bring tears to her eyes. Customers share stories about how Notes to Self socks have helped them through their battles with cancer or reminded them of how wonderful and loved they are. Everytime the wearer sees the positive words on their socks, they’re reminded of how the person who gave them the gift believes in them.

Here’s a link to the KC Stingers website.

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