October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Seattle, WA – TGA Premier Golf and Tennis, a leading youth sports franchise company specializing school-based golf and tennis programs, continues its national growth with the establishment of two new franchises in Seattle.
Chandler Lewis, a recent graduate of the University of Washington and former head varsity golf and tennis coach, has partnered with Brad Kirkpatrick in acquiring the TGA Premier Junior Golf and TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchises on the east side of the Greater Seattle area. Kirkpatrick brought the first two TGA franchises to Seattle in 2013. The duo plans to expand the school-based golf and tennis programs in the cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Sammamish.
Lewis had planned to attend law school next fall, but decided to put that on hold and pursue his passion of working with and coaching youth. While applying for coaching jobs in the Seattle area he discovered TGA. He became a coach while he was still in college and quickly discovered the career opportunity that TGA presented.
"Despite my plan to attend law school next fall, I felt there was no better time to match my passion with a wonderful career opportunity in TGA," Lewis said. "After working with Brad for the past year, it is amazing at my age to be able to combine my passion for youth with business ownership."
TGA (Teach, Grow, Achieve) was developed over 10 years ago as a business model to grow golf and tennis participation by bringing the sports to schools and community centers. With golf and tennis being two of the most played adult sports and least played by youth, TGA’s model is helping to bring new players into the sport as the baby boomer generation ages. Since 2003, 265,000 students and families have enrolled in TGA programs.
TGA, through its physical fitness and health components including the USTA’s "Lets Move" campaign, is helping fight childhood obesity. The innovative and unique program incorporates daily physical activity that helps to burn calories, improve motor skills, improve the immune system and create greater hand-eye coordination all while promoting life skills, sportsmanship, and key education subjects of math, science, social studies, and language. Parents see a myriad of benefits through having their children participate.
"With their passion for youth sports and business experience, Chandler and Brad are a perfect team to build a great organization impacting thousands of families through sports," said Joshua Jacobs, TGA’s founder and CEO.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, TGA is the nation’s only school-based youth sports franchise business that specializes in after-school golf and tennis enrichment programs with more than 70 territories across the U.S., Canada, and Spain to date.
TGA launched its first golf enrichment program in six Los Angeles area schools in 2003 and began franchising in 2006 with TGA Premier Junior Golf. In 2012, TGA expanded its franchise offerings with TGA Premier Youth Tennis and developed a national partnership with the United States Tennis Association. The franchise has become the only model of its kind in both industries bringing new participants into the sports and thus creating viability in participation for the future.
Entrepreneur Magazine named TGA a "Top 10 Franchise Value" and listed them among the Franchise 500 rankings. In addition, the publication has ranked TGA a top youth fitness franchise, and a low-cost and home-based franchise.
For more information on TGA, visit www.playtga.com or follow @TGAJuniorGolf and @tgayouthtennis on Twitter.
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TGA Premier Golf and Tennis is a youth development program executed through a franchising model for self-starters who have a passion for helping children become involved in youth sports.