Sean Kelly is an entrepreneur who founded Jersey Champs which creates custom jerseys based on trends, hip-hop culture, and other original designs. Since launching Jersey Champs, Sean has become a multi-millionaire and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Thrive Global, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, New York Times, Hootsuite, BuzzFeed, Kivo Daily, Money Canada, USA Today, MyCentralJersey, FutureSharks, Courier News and a number of blogs and podcasts.
As of August 2018, Sean has a net worth of 3.8 Million dollars through his equity in Jersey Champs.
Sean grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey and graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School. He has considered himself an entrepreneur and in elementary school would sell candy, Pokémon cards, crazy bones, and whatever else he could get his hands on.
At one point in 5th grade, he was suspended from school because his classmates preferred Sean's candy over the school's vending machines, undercutting the school's profits.
Sean taught himself business by watching e-commerce videos and courses of Tai Lopez, Gary Vaynerchuk, Ezra Firestone, Jon Mac, Ben Malol, Patrick Bet-David, Evan Carmichael and Grant Cardone.
Career and Entrepreneurship
Sean launched Jersey Champs in May 2016 out of his college dorm room at Rutgers University. He started with $1,000 in pre-orders for his first jersey and sold all 100 jerseys in the first week. Jersey Champs' first jersey concept was for Drake's Views From the 6 album. Combining hip-hop culture and trending memes with the world of jerseys, Sean collaborates with a team of independent graphic designers he found on Instagram and Behance to create the final product.
Sean had several struggles in the early days of Jersey Champs. During Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2016, Jersey Champs had a massive increase in demand and were a month late on orders, resulting in chargebacks and refunds. Also in 2016, the music festival Neon Desert ordered 100 jerseys and never paid upon receiving them. Sean learned from these experiences and make the proper adjustments to his business, such as moving to Shopify and never sending jerseys without a down payment. Jersey Champs has since grown to become one of the largest jersey companies in North America.
Utilizing his experience in business, Sean contributes to several websites including Forbes, BuzzFeed, Kivo Daily, Addicted2Success, Influencive, Thrive Global, LinkedIn and Medium.
Sean dropped out of college at the beginning of his sophomore year to work on Jersey Champs full time.
Sean targets the millennial demographic and prices most of his jerseys under $40. He has grown Jersey Champs by leveraging Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Ads and also collaborating with influencers and celebrities.
Notable people who have worn his jerseys include Mark Cuban, Michael Rapoport, Dwayne Wade, Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr, Logic, Khalid, Marcus Peters, Kyrie Irving, Lil Pump, Martavis Bryant, Odell Beckham, Fabolous, Young M.A, Lil Wayne, Futuristic, Landon Collins, 2 Chainz, 21 Savage, Jae Crowder, YBN Nahmir, Casey Veggies, Soulja Boy, Supreme Patty, Ugly God, Jeezy, Dave East, Migos,Perez Hilton, Clint Capela, Terrance Williams, Skinny From the 9, Brandon Ingram, DJ Drewski, Victor Oladipo, Karl-Anthony Towns, XXXTentacion, JaVale McGee, Darrelle Revis, Marshawn Lynch, FATBOY, Braxton Miller, SquidNice, Young King Dave & more
Sean is a motivational speakers advocating for young entrepreneurship and start-ups. He has spoken at over 20 high schools, business conferences & universities.
Sean is also a philanthropist and every month dedicates the proceeds of one jersey to a charity organization. He has so far donated to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, XXXTentacion Memorial Foundation & the Wounded Warrior Foundation.