Tim Clougherty and Keith Fogleman have both officiated NCAA Division I basketball for more than 15 years. They both love sports and as the new Raleigh, North Carolina-based franchisees for Sports Image, they will help schools and organizations increase their revenue streams and get new equipment as the struggle for funding their athletic departments continues.
"Having played and officiated high school sports in North Carolina and having three children that are also involved in youth sports I realize how much sports builds character and how important it is for these organizations to not only exist but thrive," says Clougherty. "Both Keith and I have officiated NCAA division 1 basketball for over 15 years and you see some of the inventive ways that college institutions raise money through corporate and individual sponsorships. It only makes sense that high schools and other organizations tap into that market. We look forward to helping institutions in our area do just that."
Fogleman says, "Speaking with friends who are either high school coaches or athletic directors you quickly realize how much they struggle to make ends meet and how much a company like Sports Image can make a difference. The more I researched what Sports Image was doing across the country to help schools and organizations get either extra funding or the equipment they needed to survive, the more I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of."
For more than a decade, Sports Image has helped schools and organizations obtain new equipment and much needed revenue for their athletic programs as budgets continue to dry up nationwide. The program has zero cost to the schools and organizations. The brand also focuses on event management and runs one of the most recognized high school basketball events in the nation. Through Sports Image's 5 different revenue opportunities' and by leveraging existing relationships, they have given over $1,000,000 in cash and over $15,000,000 in equipment to schools and organizations throughout the United States and in Canada.
"Sports Image is the first national franchise to market through youth sports. We've been helping schools, clubs, community parks and recs, and other youth organizations offset budget constraints for over 10 years. In late 2009 we franchised our organization to put vested business owners on the ground floor in local markets across the country," says Eric Horstman, president of Sports Image. "We now have franchisees across the nation helping individual schools and organizations achieve their goals."
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