June 21, 2012 // Franchising.com // Seattle, WA – One of the nation’s most successful and fast-growing youth sports companies, which specializes in developing golf and tennis enrichment programs for youngsters, has expanded to the Pacific Northwest.
Local Seattle businessman Brad Kirkpatrick has acquired the TGA Premier Junior Golf and TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchises in North Seattle. He is the first TGA franchisee to acquire both sports programs at the same time, further enriching the lives of youngsters by offering two unique after-school sports curriculums.
“Brad’s business background along with his passion for youth and sports is a perfect recipe for TGA success. Having Brad acquire both golf and tennis franchises together is a testament to the combination of our sustainable business model and our ability to engage and enrich the lives of youth through both sports,” explains Joshua Jacobs, chief executive officer of TGA.
TGA Premier Junior Golf and Tennis of North Seattle is expected to impact thousands of youth annually by introducing the sports to children at elementary and middle schools, child care centers and community based organizations through a multi-level instruction program. TGA will then transition the students to local partner golf courses, tennis facilities and United States Tennis Association (USTA) youth programs.
Expanding on its development of the only national after-school junior golf enrichment program in the country, TGA designed a model and enrichment curriculum in partnership with the USTA for tennis. It began awarding franchises for its new Premier Youth Tennis business earlier this year in an effort to grow the sport and impact the USTA’s 10 and Under Tennis initiative. The golf and tennis curriculums are designed to enrich young people’s lives through physical fitness, health and nutrition, education and character building.
Kirkpatrick, a former financial, business and team leadership consultant working for such companies as Ernst & Young, Kibble & Prentice and Washington Mutual, was looking to leave the corporate world and find a career that reflected his passion for golf and tennis. He found the opportunity to own his own business with TGA and made the career change.
“I have always had a passion for golf and tennis. I still play both frequently, and also love working with and coaching young kids. The TGA opportunity has allowed me to fulfill a dream of having a career in the golf and tennis industries while impacting the lives of youth along the way,” Kirkpatrick says.
Kirkpatrick is an avid golf enthusiast who still maintains a single digit handicap and is a very competitive tennis player who competes in local USTA-sanctioned events. He resides in Seattle and is married and father to three children, Alex (5), Tyler (3) and Anna (1).
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expose North Seattle children to these two ‘lifetime’ sports. Golf and tennis are the two most-played sports by adults, but two of the least-played sports by kids,” explains Kirkpatrick. “TGA has built a proven curriculum for golf and tennis, along with a partnership with the USTA, that allows children to have positive outcomes in both sports while developing their character and academic skills. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such an outstanding organization.”
TGA’s sports franchises, which run the leading school- and community-based youth golf and tennis programs in the U.S., are geared toward motivated self-starters who are passionate about the sport, their community and enjoy working with children. Each franchise offers not only business ownership and job opportunities in the industry, but also unique ways to grow the sports.
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. It also provides them an entrée into the golf and tennis industries.
TGA introduces youth to golf and tennis at elementary and middle schools, child care centers, and community-based organizations through a multi-level enrichment program before transitioning them to golf facilities, tennis facilities and USTA initiatives nationwide.
TGA is a national partner with the United States Tennis Association, a national supporting organization of the Afterschool Alliance and Lights on Afterschool and is a corporate advocate and national partner of the President’s Challenge on Physical Fitness, as well as the National Council of Youth Sports.
For more information on TGA, visit www.playtga.com or follow @tgayouthtennis on Twitter.
Kevin Frisch – Public Relations