LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Aug. 1, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation's largest men's and boys' haircare provider, celebrated the opening of its 900th store by hosting a "Golf Tips and Chips" event to benefit The First Tee of Greater Portland today. The event was held at the franchise's landmark 900th store located at 17650 SW 63rd Ave.
Local golf pros volunteered throughout the day providing one-on-one golf tips and used "chip shot" inflatables for instruction. At noon, a ceremonial "towel cutting," symbolizing Sport Clips' signature MVP Experience that includes a steamed towel, neck and shoulder massage and precision haircut, was held with Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, The First Tee and Heron Lakes Golf Club representatives. Sport Clips CEO and Founder Gordon Logan was on hand from the company's Georgetown, Texas headquarters to present a $9,000 donation to Portland's First Tee program. Logan also discussed the franchise's continued growth across the country, as well as expansion and jobs Sport Clips has brought to the Portland area.
"Sport Clips is experiencing unprecedented growth throughout the country. Here in the Portland area we've added seven new stores in the past seven months, adding 70 new jobs to the local economy," Logan noted. "We are continuing toward our goal of having 1,000 Sport Clips stores open across the country by the end of the year.
"Over the next few years, we see 70 Sport Clips stores in Oregon and Washington employing some 700 people. We enjoy becoming part of the fabric of the area by offering services and jobs, as well as business and charitable partnerships – it's a win-win for Sport Clips and the community." As a part of the company's growth, Logan says, "Each Sport Clips is locally owned and makes a commitment to be active in the communities we serve. Supporting The First Tee of Greater Portland, an organization dedicated to positive youth development through the game of golf, is an example of a partnership that benefits the community and fits well with our brand."
Also on hand for the event were Northwest Area Developers for Sport Clips Phil and Laurie Brown and local Sport Clips store owner, Bruce Milliken, who donated half the day's haircut proceeds to The First Tee. They were joined by Robyn Lorain, executive director of The Children's Course for The First Tee of Greater Portland and Nick Piovanelli from Heron Lakes Golf Club.
Sport Clips' donation will increase the program's $1,000 scholarship opportunities for selected participants from The First Tee in the coming year. Melissa Merrigan, who received a scholarship from The First Tee, spoke to the gathering about her experience and its benefits.
The day's events also included prize giveaways for golf rounds at Heron Lakes Golf Club and the Oregon Golf Association OGA course, as well as Adidas store passes, Sport Clips branded golf balls and water bottles provided by neighboring business Dick's Sporting Goods.
Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine's top 20 "fastest growing franchises" and in the top 100 in the "Franchise 500," in the top 10 in Forbes' "Top 20 Franchises To Start," and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet's AllBusiness.com "2012 AllBusiness AllStars." Sport Clips is the "Official Haircutter" of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our "Help a Hero" program has donated more than one million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW's Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com. For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.
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