About Us

Our Story

Since 1985 Anton Sport has been committed to helping businesses and organizations grow by providing the best service in custom and corporate apparel, t-shirts and promotional products.

    Anton Sport was started with an idea, a tiny dorm room and a maxed out credit card. When John Anton was a student at Arizona State University he decided to print 200 t-shirts for an upcoming ASU vs. USC football game. Within 2-hours, John’s t-shirts quickly sold out. Over the next few years, John became a permanent fixture at college events and became known as the campus t-shirt guy.

After graduating from ASU, John ventured into the corporate world before returning to his t-shirt business. John’s renewed belief in his business prompted him to purchase his own screen-printing equipment and set up shop in his garage. Forced from his garage by HOA and unable to sell his house due to the housing market values, John took a huge gamble, rented out his house, sold his car and used his life savings to buy a 3,000 sq. ft. warehouse on Scottsdale Road in Tempe, AZ. John, his business and his bed promptly moved in to the warehouse, just blocks away from the campus where it all started and Anton Sport was officially born.

In 1991, John got his big break with an order to produce the official shirts of the PGA’s Phoenix Open. That order changed his life and his custom t-shirt & apparel business was off to a roaring start once again. In the ensuing years, Anton Sport grew to include a staff of 18 employees and a major expansion that tripled the size of the building to over 10,000 sq. ft. and John saw this as an opportunity. As the surge in online sales continued, John hired a software development company to build a web-based design system. No more waiting for proofs. No delays for artwork revisions. John wanted the customer to be in complete control of the design process.

Finally, after numerous delays and sleepless nights, DesignAShirt.com went live and another one of John’s gambles had paid off.
25-years later, Anton Sport and DesignAShirt.com has customized millions of t-shirts, apparel and promotional products for local, national and international customers.

We look forward to welcoming you as one of them!

What our Clients Say!

  • “Anton Sport consistently does an excellent job for us. Their creativity is imaginative and right on target and we can count on them to deliver our orders on time and on budget.” Jason Merritt
    Sushi on Shea, Saki's, Kona Grill

  • “We always seem to need shirts printed in a hurry. Anton Sport always comes through and delivers on time. Anton Sport has gone out of their way several times to accommodate our needs. It is a pleasure working with John and his team.” Jodie Hughes, Marketing Manager
    Copper State

  • “The Arizona Republic has used Anton Sport for many years as a supplier of promotional products. Their staff is efficient, helpful, and prompt. We have always known that we can count on them to come through for us in a pinch. Our deadline becomes their deadline and they make it!” Lori Foreman
    The Arizona Republic

  • “ I have worked with John Anton and his staff for the past 10 years. They will stand by their work and do whatever it takes to get the job, not only done, but done right. ”

    Mark Zimmer, Manager Equipment Operations, Product Fulfilment
    Arizona State University

  • "ASU’s Athletic Marketing Department is proud to work with Anton Sport all year long. Anton Sport is synonymous with great design work, top quality products, helpful staff, and exceptional service. Many times John himself rolled up his sleeves to produce large quantities of t-shirts at a moments notice. Through the years, it has been a pleasure doing business with John and Anton Sport.”

    Marketing Department, Arizona State University Athletics

  • “We always seem to need shirts printed in a hurry. Anton Sport always comes through and delivers on time. Anton Sport has gone out of their way several times to accommodate our needs. It is a pleasure working with John and his team.”

    Jodie Hughes, Marketing Manager
    Copper State

A few of our clients