TAMPA, Fla. - Sept. 19, 2017 // PRNewswire // - i9 Sports, (www.i9sportsfranchise.com) the nation's first and largest youth sports league franchise*, welcomes Shawn Gillespie to the organization after awarding the Fort Myers' resident a franchise territory in Naples, Florida. Gillespie's Naples territory comes in addition to an already prominent i9 Sports presence in Florida, with 26 franchise locations throughout the state.
Gillespie, an Ann Arbor, Michigan native, comes to i9 Sports after an eight-year career in financial services, specializing in transactional accounting for The Siegfried Group and Resources Global Professionals, among others. After exploring a number of franchise options, Gillespie landed on i9 Sports after feeling an immediate passion for the company's mission and values.
"The happiest times of my life were participating in youth sports, and I want to play a part in helping children enjoy the same experiences and create the same memories that I was fortunate enough to," said Gillespie. "When I met Brian Sanders and other i9 Sports representatives, it was obvious they shared that feeling. I'm grateful to be part of an organization built on those principles."
Gillespie's i9 Sports territory will offer flag football, soccer and t-ball, beginning Sept. 23.
"From the first meeting with Shawn, his desire to make a discernable impact on the children of South Florida was evident and exactly what we look for in a franchise owner,"said Brian Sanders, i9 Sports president and chief executive officer. "We're confident he'll make i9 Sports the go-to destination for parents searching for a superior youth sports experience in Southwest Florida."
i9 Sports currently operates more than 750 territories across the U.S., from New York to Hawaii, with more than 1.4 million players participating in leagues, camps and clinics in today's most popular team sports.
For more information on the i9 Sports franchise opportunity, and to learn more about helping kids succeed in life through sports,visit www.i9sportsfranchise.com.
Based in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, i9 Sports® is the first and largest youth sports league franchise company in the United States.
i9 Sports is committed to delivering a culture of age-appropriate instruction that's fun for kids and convenient for parents, while prioritizing safety, emphasizing good sportsmanship and creating healthy competition. i9 Sports offers multiple sports during multiple seasons, and provides once a week practices on game day at the same location.
A privately held company, i9 Sports was founded in 2003 by Chairman Frank Fiume on the principle that the number one reason kids play organized sports is to have fun, not to become the next draft pick. Winner of recognition by Entrepreneur Magazine, INC Magazine, and Franchise Business Review, i9 Sports has a strong legacy of excellence. For more information on the i9 Sports opportunity, visit www.i9sportsfranchise.com.
*Based on the data presented in the 2016 issue of Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500
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