The onset of the specialty era has allowed for the sporting life to make its way onto license plates.
“Share the Road” and golf-promotion plates have popped up in several states in recent years.
Minnesota issued a limited run specialty – or special event plate – to commemorate the 1985 MLB All-Star Game. Fans of the NBA’s Utah Jazz who live in Utah can root for the home team with the specialty on the right.
Dr. James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 while a teacher at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in the same city. The “Boston Celtics” plate on the right was a joint effort between the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Boston Children’s Hospital; all the proceeds go to the hospital.
Arkansas is one of a small handful of plates to dip into tennis promotion. The Idaho “Wild Rivers” plate promotes rafting and kayaking. The Rodeo, Youth Hockey and “Share/Enjoy” specialty plates from Montana highlight competitive and outdoor sporting activities that are very relevant to the region; the “Winter Wonderland” plate benefits a snowmobile organization.
California issued a limited-run optional to honor the 1984 Olympic games which took place in Los Angeles. Florida’s Olympic Spirit plate celebrates Olympics in general. Georgia’s “Spirit of Champions” derived from Special Olympics. Utah’s issue specifically relates to the games it hosted in 2002. The Sydney Olympics souvenir plate features the mascots Olly (a kookaburra), Syd (a platypus), and Millie (an echidna).