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The Thunderbirds (thunderbirdscharities.org) organization, founded by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 1937, was born to fill the Chamber’s need for a special events committee. The group started with five members, quickly growing into a committee of 55 members. The Thunderbird name was chosen because the emblem of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is the symbolic Thunderbird, a tribute to Arizona’s American Indian culture.

Early Thunderbird inductee, avid golfer and politician Bob Goldwater, decided to sponsor a golf tournament almost 80 years ago. That tournament, originally held at the Phoenix Country Club, would gain popularity and become one of the leading stops on the PGA Tour: The Waste Management Phoenix Open.

A Lifelong Partnership

Since the company’s inception, DeferoSwag has provided The Thunderbirds with a range of products to use before, during, and at the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament.  The organization relies heavily on promotional products to gain awareness and interest, and DeferoSwag has been instrumental in identifying the right apparel and products for “The People’s Open”.


Over the years DeferoSwag has thoughtfully designed and supplied wearables and promotional products to the Thunderbirds

  • Screen printed t-shirts
  • Embroidered hats
  • Lapel pins
  • Drawstring backpacks
  • Parking and security hats
  • Birds Nest concert shirts and hats

Year after year, DeferoSwag and the Thunderbirds work together to tailor designs and products to unique needs and personal tastes of Thunderbird members.  Many times, these orders require expedited art design, rush production times and same day delivery.  DeferoSwag is happy to accommodate any and all such requests.

DeferoSwag is proud to work alongside this hardworking group of volunteers each year. We stand ready to provide samples of new-to-market ideas including promotional products, wearable manufacturers, or embroidery processes.  We value our relationship with the Phoenix Thunderbirds.