i9 Sports, the nation’s first and fastest-growing youth sports league franchise, announced today it has kicked off the second quarter with four new franchise agreements to open new programs and expand the brand’s presence in Florida, Texas and California.
Coupled with the company’s growth in the first quarter, this announcement reflects the success of i9 Sports’ strengthened expansion strategy and positions the brand for continued franchise development throughout 2015.
“As i9 Sports kicked off 2015, our team was focused on elevating the brand’s expansion strategy and positioning the company for rapid growth throughout the year,” said Frank Fiume, founder and chief executive officer of i9 Sports. “We are excited to welcome all of our new franchise partners to the i9 Sports family, each who share our passion for providing a quality and fulfilling youth sports experience for their communities.
As we move into the second half of the year, we look forward to maintaining this momentum and propelling our brand’s presence throughout the country, allowing us to deliver exceptional programs to more and more kids nationwide.”
Leading the company’s expansion in California are new franchisees Frank Rittersdorf, who purchased an existing franchise and is now operating programs in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Woodland Hills, and Kaseem Jones, who has purchased the territory in Murrieta. Prior to becoming a franchisee, Rittersdorf served as an i9 Sports coach for six years, during which he was continually impressed with the program’s commitment to instilling sportsmanship in children. Jones, who served in the United States Marine Corps for 15 years, was introduced to the brand through his children, who played soccer and flag football in a local program, before deciding to purchase his own territory.
i9 Sports also welcomes Charles Perez, who will be launching his first program in Corpus Christi, Texas. A sports enthusiast, Perez has passed his passion for athletics onto his children, both of whom are involved in a variety of sports, and attributes his family’s love of staying active to one of the reasons why he was drawn to i9 Sports. As a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi, Perez is committed to providing a quality service to the youth sports arena in his community.
Also among the new franchisee partners are husband and wife team Sidney and Monique Johns, who will bring i9 Sports to Winter Garden, Fla. Recreational sports have played a role in both Sidney and Monique’s lives, each of whom participated in sporting leagues during their childhood and well into adulthood. The pair learned about i9 Sports when their children joined a local league, and as lifelong athletes, they were enthusiastic about the concept and opportunity to bring a safe youth sports experience to children in their community. The couple plans to launch at least five programs in their territory over the next few years.
i9 Sports was founded and began franchising in 2003 on the principle that the number one reason kids play organized sports is to have fun, not to become the next draft pick. The company has since grown to 139 location across the United States. With convenient flexible hours, no real estate or upfront inventory, i9 Sports is a low investment, home-based franchise opportunity offering entrepreneurs a compelling business with great profit potential.
i9 Sports plans to open dozens of new franchise locations each year over the next several years and has extensive franchise opportunities available across the country including a focus on markets in the Pacific Coast, Midwest and Northeast. The youth sports franchise is seeking qualified candidates with a desire to impact their local community. While sports experience is not required, the ideal candidate should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to build a successful business with a community focus.
For more information about franchising with i9 Sports please visit www.i9sportsfranchise.com.
About i9 Sports®
Based in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, i9 Sports® is the first and fastest-growing youth sports league franchise company in the United States. With more than 1,000,000 registrations in communities from New York to Hawaii, i9 Sports offers leagues, camps, and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today’s most popular team sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball and baseball. A privately held company, i9 Sports was founded in 2003 by CEO 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. Reinventing the youth sports industry, customers enjoy the i9 Sports Experience which emphasizes fun, safety and convenience as well as teaching the value of good sportsmanship. Named #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine, i9 Sports has been ranked in their prestigious Franchise 500® issue the past eight years. i9 Sports has also been listed among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for the past five years and received Franchise Business Review’s Top 50 in Franchise Satisfaction Award for five years.