November 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // Wake County, NC - TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA), one of the nation’s leading introductory and recreational tennis programs, in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has become a strong investment and career opportunity for those who have a passion for sports.
Maryann Von Seggern, a former executive for Riverbed Technology, Cisco Systems and IBM is the latest entrepreneur to invest in the TGA tennis franchise model in Wake County, North Carolina, that encompasses Raleigh. She acquired the business from Paul Maskill, who has joined corporate headquarters at TGA.
Maskill first launched the TGA tennis franchise business in 2012 and since has successfully grown and expanded it with a second franchise operation generating over $150,000 of revenue. Von Seggern recognized the success of the business model and quickly made the career change.
“I have worked for 30 years in corporate America and have had some great careers, but was looking for the next big thing, and an opportunity to own my own business and give back to the community impacting youth, was just perfect for me,” Von Seggern said.
“Paul built a fantastic business, and after doing my due diligence I believed it was an excellent investment and career opportunity. I felt that my skill sets in business, sales and finance operations, I could continue growing TGA and take it to a new level in Wake County.”
TGA of Wake County is already one of the top TGA tennis territories in the country having more than 3,000 youth to date going through its tennis programs. Von Seggern will continue to grow TGA and impact youth throughout the area.
TGA (Teach, Grow, Achieve) partnered with the USTA in 2012 to help develop the innovative curriculum and promote the unique franchise model to deliver tennis. Together they have already activated over 35,000 youth tennis players across the country.
The success of the model is two-fold: First, introductory tennis programs are brought directly into schools and community centers and put on a level playing field with other mainstream sports by placing it on the menu of activities for elementary and middle school students. Second, following the introductory programs, TGA ushers students and their families to tennis facilities to participate in programs that include JTT, tournaments and Play Day Series. This increases access points into tennis for youth, grows the base of tennis players and presents the sport with a new avenue to cultivate elite talent for the future.
“Bringing the sport of tennis directly onto school campuses and community centers make it convenient for working parents and fun for the kids as they can take the program with their classmates,” Von Seggern explained. “In addition, the way the curriculum focuses on a passion for tennis together with life skills, physical fitness including the USTA’s “Lets Move” campaign that helps fight childhood obesity, and STEM core academics, was a key differentiator to me versus other youth sports programs in our market.”
TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) is the leading school-based youth development model, and is in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to create new players and increase participation in the sport of tennis. Its innovative franchise model is the only one of its kind in the tennis industry empowering entrepreneurs and tennis professionals nationwide at the grass roots level to activate new players.
TGA introduces youth to tennis at elementary and middle schools, child care centers and community organizations through a multi-level enrichment program that includes physical fitness, health and nutrition, STEM core academics, and character building before transitioning them to tennis facilities and USTA programs nationwide. The company has grown to 31 chapters across the nation serving more than 500 schools and introducing over 35,000 youth (ages 5-13) to the sport.
TGA is a national partner with the United States Tennis Association, The President’s Challenge on Physical Fitness and the National Council of Youth Sports. TGA is also a national supporter of the Afterschool Alliance and Lights on Afterschool.
For more information on TGA, visit www.playtga.com or follow @tgayouthtennis on Twitter.
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