July 03, 2012 // Franchising.com // Bergen County, NJ – Kevin Rooney was just 22 years old when he became the youngest TGA Premier Junior Golf franchise owner six years ago in Bergen County. Since then, he has developed one of the company’s strongest franchises through his successful after-school junior golf programs and summer camps.
In an effort to continue growing his business and impacting even more children, Rooney has acquired one of the newly launched TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchises. Rooney, an avid golfer and tennis player, will now be offering youngsters two unique after-school sports programs.
TGA Premier Youth Tennis is a new initiative to grow the sport of tennis in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). It offers the only national after-school tennis program in the country.
“Kevin’s drive as a young entrepreneur combined with his passion for youth and sports is a wonderful combination for TGA success. We are very excited to have him add TGA tennis to his already successful golf business,” says Joshua Jacobs, chief executive officer of TGA. “Kevin will be very successful developing after-school tennis programs…and will enrich the lives of students while growing the sport through the USTA’s ‘10 and Under Tennis’ initiative.”
Building on its development of the only national after-school junior golf program in the country, TGA designed a similar model and worked with the USTA to create a unique tennis curriculum. It began awarding franchises for its new Premier Youth Tennis business earlier this year. The tennis curriculums are designed to enrich young people’s lives through physical fitness, health and nutrition, education and character building.
TGA Premier Youth Tennis of Bergen County will introduce children to tennis at elementary and middle schools, child care centers, and community organizations through a multi-level teaching program. It will then transition them to camps and clinics at local tennis facilities and USTA Leagues and Tournaments.
Rooney, who is from Ridgewood, N.J., has a degree in sports management and marketing. His passion for sports and working with youth led him to TGA in 2006 when he acquired his first franchise. In 2012, Rooney was recognized as one of the top TGA performers by receiving the company’s Empower Award for generating the most revenue among franchises and also the Embrace Award for transitioning the most students to local golf courses. He is also a partner in a TGA franchise in Westchester County, NY.
“Adding a TGA tennis franchise has been very rewarding. We have reached a new customer base impacting even more young people. It has elevated the TGA name and brand as the premier youth sports program in Bergen County,” Rooney says. "Teaching tennis, along with golf, gives young people something to do other than playing video games on the couch. They can learn lifelong sports that build character and improve the quality of life."
Rooney’s TGA tennis franchise is currently offering after-school programs at over 30 area schools. More schools will be coming online in the coming months. Together, his tennis and golf franchises will involve over 3,000 students in 2012.
TGA’s sports franchises, which operate 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 a unique way to grow the sport.
TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) is a youth development program executed through a franchise opportunity for self-starters who have a passion for children to provide them entry into youth sports, education and the tennis industry. TGA introduces youth to tennis at elementary and middle schools, child care centers, and community based organizations through a multi-level enrichment program before transitioning them to 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.
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TGA-Premier Junior Golf & Tennis
Bergen & Westchester Counties
Kevin G. Rooney, Owner
TGA-Premier Junior Golf & Tennis
Kevin Frisch – Public Relations