i9 Sports Announces Expansive Franchise Growth Initiative
Strategic Expansion Plan Brings Premium Youth Sports Leagues to New Markets in 2018
TAMPA – i9 Sports Corporation, a leading national youth sports league franchise business with nearly two million registrations from New York to Hawaii, announced today a widespread growth initiative. The strategy positions the brand for expansion in communities across the United States, while providing motivated entrepreneurs with the opportunity to provide organized competitive sports in their neighborhoods for children to pursue their athletic aspirations in a fun, rewarding environment.
“This has all the makings of a rewarding lifestyle business for professionals who have dreams of making a positive impact locally,” said Brian Sanders, CEO and Chairman of i9 Sports. “You align closely with your community and neighboring towns, impact the lives of families and their kids; and you get to call the shots taking control of your income, lifestyle and future. i9 Sports proves that transitioning into entrepreneurship can be gratifying and lucrative at the same time.”
Born out of a desire to break free from the constraints of corporate America, founder Frank Fiume launched i9 Sports in 2003 and continues to consult closely with the company today. Fiume created i9 Sports out of a passionate drive to create youth sports experiences in well-organized and high-quality sports leagues alongside developmentally appropriate instruction for all age groups. i9 Sports has created a business opportunity that franchise owners can feel passionate about running, while also offering impressive work-life balance and continual franchisor support.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of significant momentum that is driving the enhanced franchising initiative, including a fourteenth year of record revenue for the brand. Demonstrating the brand equity behind i9 Sports and the value that is created within the business, nine new locations have been added to the i9 Sports roster in the last 18 months. Plus, in 2017, 10 locations were sold to second-generation owners to continue the brand’s legacy in the markets served. Throughout the three remaining quarters of 2018, i9 Sports plans to add 20 new franchisees to the system. Attractive territories are available for expansion in priority markets including Chicago, Northern and Southern California, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Seattle, Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.
“The popularity of i9 Sports comes from the sports experiences we create, where kids can compete in a fun environment and a well organized league. Parents love it because their sons and daughters can sense the passion we have and they feed off of it,” added Sanders. “Kids and parents alike get tremendous satisfaction from being part of the program and it stays with them for the rest of their lives. It’s easy for us to see why there is so much interest in joining our franchise family.”
i9 Sports is the nation’s first and largest youth sports league franchise business. Featuring today’s popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and baseball, leagues are organized for boys and girls ages 3 to 14 years old. The majority of league play takes place on weekends, when i9 Sports franchise owners oversee operations throughout their communities. During the week, franchisees focus on sales and marketing programs, with the diligent support of the i9 Sports home office marketing and business coaching team. In addition to year-round league action, franchisees often establish seasonal camps and clinics to create additional revenue streams.
Given the impact of i9 Sports in communities coast to coast, franchisees and their leadership teams are often regarded as youth sports experts, consulted on safe play trends, including the best ways to avoid concussions.
Entrepreneurially spirited individuals investing in and running an i9 Sports franchise receive a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing support. Tailored to owners that place value on building strong ties to the community and are passionate about working with kids and sports, the franchise provides structure, personalization and scalability.
For more information on i9 Sports franchise opportunities, visit www.i9sportsfranchise.com.
About i9 Sports
Founded in 2003 in Tampa, Florida, i9 Sports offers high-quality youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for children ages 3 to 14 years. Led by experienced professionals who love working with kids, i9 Sports is committed to providing age appropriate instruction that is both fun for kids and convenient for today’s busy families.
Currently i9 Sports has more than 130 franchise locations across 28 states. It is the nation’s first and largest youth sports league franchise business in the United States, according to data presented in the 2016 issue of Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500.