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Skyhawks Celebrates 40 Years of Youth Sports Excellence!

April 18th, 2019

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In 1979, Skyhawks Sports Academy was founded in the Pacific Northwest with the purpose of teaching life skills through sports to all children, no matter the skill level. Today, our purpose still stands true, and we are proud of the life lessons and valuable experiences we have provided for children over the past 40 years.


Before Skyhawks came into the picture, not all children had the opportunity to take part in sports if they weren’t of a specific skill level. Skyhawks saw this problem and made sure to give every child a chance to experience the joy and benefits of sports while learning important life skills in a safe environment.


In our 40 years of existence, Skyhawks has grown from a regional soccer program in Spokane, Washington into a nationwide youth sports program with more than 10 different sports for children to choose from. Growth began to take off in the late 1980s with expansion into Western Washington and Oregon, and since then we haven’t stopped expanding. With thousands of programs in over 20 states, Skyhawks continues to be America’s leading youth sports organization.


“We are thrilled to celebrate our 40th anniversary as an organization this year,” said Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks. “Growing from a small soccer program into the nation’s top youth sports program is a huge accomplishment, and we will continue to expand while teaching kids life lessons through our sports camps along the way.”


The past 10 years have been significant for us. We began selling franchises in 2012, which has been critical in the rapid growth of Skyhawks across the nation. In 2014, we acquired SuperTots Sports Academy in order to give children ages 18 months to five and a half years old an opportunity to develop motor skills and have fun. With these accomplishments, Skyhawks has grown into one of the best fitness franchises in the world, earning the #177 spot on Entrepreneur’s 40th annual Franchise 500®.


We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without our wonderful coaches, partners and staff members throughout the country. Everybody who is a part of the Skyhawks’ organization makes sure to go the extra mile to provide children with a beneficial and fun experience that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.


Thank you to the people who have supported us throughout the past four decades. We are excited about the growth Skyhawks has had up to this point, and we’re excited to see what the next 40 years have in store for us!


If you are interested in signing up your child for a Skyhawks sports camp, please visit https://skyhawks.com/search/ to find a program. For becoming a franchise owner, please visit https://skyhawks.com/franchise/franchise/skyhawks-franchise-group/ for more information.

Skyhawks + ShortGolf Partnership

April 2nd, 2019

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Skyhawks Sports Academy is proud to announce that we have partnered up with ShortGolf®, an innovative learning system designed to make golf easier and more fun to play. ShortGolf was created in 2010 by golf professionals trying to find the best way to play, learn and teach golf, and it has grown into the nation’s preferred entry-level training system for the sport.


An officially licensed product of the PGA Tour, ShortGolf is used by some of the best golf organizations across the country, such as The First Tee, the LPGA Foundation and PGA Sections. Perfectly tailored for children, Skyhawks’ participants will love using ShortGolf’s colorful and exciting equipment. In addition, ShortGolf can be played on any surface with minimal space required, making it the simple choice for teaching children golf indoors or outdoors.

 

ShortGolf is a perfect fit for Skyhawks programs because it will teach children how to play golf in an encouraging environment where they will learn important life skills, such as interacting with others. Through working with ShortGolf, Skyhawks will properly teach the fundamentals of putting, pitching, chipping and full shot quickly and effectively in a fun and safe way.

 

“Skyhawks is excited for the opportunity to work with ShortGolf. An important aspect of delivering our quality programming is finding a system that provides the right size of equipment. ShortGolf’s colorful, modified equipment complements our golf program perfectly, that is to foster proper development and create fun environments that are progressively challenging,” says Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks. “We want golf to be available for every child enrolled in our programs so they can learn the basics, develop important life skills, and hopefully take up the sport for a lifetime.”

To learn more about ShortGolf®, visit out Short-Golf.com.


Skyhawks Ranks #117 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Fastest-Growing Franchises!

March 25th, 2019

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In the 2nd annual Fastest-Growing Franchises ranking, Skyhawks Franchise Group has been named the top youth sports franchise and #117 overall of the top 150 companies who are “leveraging their ability to scale fast.” After increasing 107 places on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® ranking and having substantial growth in 2018, it makes sense that Skyhawks would place as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the world.


The Fastest-Growing Franchises ranking is based on the number of new franchise units added in the United States and Canada from July 2017 to July 2018, as verified by Entrepreneur, with ties broken based on percentage growth. The ranking is created to give potential franchisees a starting point on which fast-growing franchises to consider. Earning a spot on the ranking shows how much Skyhawks has grown over the past couple years into a well-built franchise system.


“We are very excited to make Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises ranking for the first time in our organization’s history,” says Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks. “Many people believe in our mission of teaching life skills through sports, which is one of the reasons we have grown at such a quick rate.”


Skyhawks wants to exceed expectations and offer an outstanding experience for all participants in our sports programs. Our franchisees are passionate about the Skyhawks brand and they understand what it means to the children. We are proud of our Skyhawks family around the nation, and we can’t wait to see how much more Skyhawks grows in the future.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Skyhawks or SuperTots franchise owner, please visit Skyhawks.com/franchise or SuperTotSports.com/us-franchise for more information.

Skyhawks Announces New Partnership with STEM Sports®!

February 6th, 2019

Skyhawks is excited to announce a new partnership with STEM Sports

 

Skyhawks is excited to announce that we have partnered with STEM Sports® to launch Skyhawks STEM Sports® programs this year starting with soccer, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and multi-sport! STEM Sports® programs are rooted in Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards that combine science, technology, engineering and math into sports.

 

STEM Sports® curriculum will be introduced into Skyhawks’ programs via two new formats: STEM Sports® and STEM & Play. Each format will utilize the STEM Sports® curriculum, but STEM & Play will pair it with traditional Skyhawks’ program activities and instruction. Both formats will be available for basketball, flag football, multi-sport, soccer, and volleyball programs this summer in select regions across North America.

 

STEM Sports® Basketball programs educate kids on various topics including shoe design, velocity, acceleration, tracking with technology and more.

 

STEM Sports® Football educates students on glove and helmet tech, in-game communication, throwing arm strength, football properties and other hot topics.

 

STEM Sports® Soccer gives students the opportunity to get behind the sport they love with modules on soccer ball design, throw-in science, angles and goal-line technology.

 

Developed by USA Volleyball, STEM Sports® Volleyball programs include lessons on the science behind serving, calculating contact time and other STEM topics.

 

Skyhawks will also integrate STEM-based activities into multi-sport in order to give participants opportunities to learn the science, technology, engineering and math of more than one sport in a single program.

 

To learn more about our partner STEM Sports®, visit stemsports.com or skyhawks.com/stem.

Share the Love and Take Home $200!

February 1st, 2019

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Share the Love! Enter for Your Chance to Win a $200 Skyhawks Gift Certificate!


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ll admit it - we love sports! (Shocking, we know). But if there’s one thing we love more, it’s seeing your child at a Skyhawks program nailing a jumper, scoring a goal, or just running around with a huge smile on their face!


Since we’re feeling the love this Valentine’s Day season, we’re giving away a $200 Skyhawks gift certificate! Entering is easier than opening up a box of chocolates - just post a photo of your child at a Skyhawks program, tag us, and share it with all of your friends!


Here’s how to enter:


Instagram - Share your photo with Skyhawks Sports Academy (@SkyhawksSports) tagged and the hashtag #Skyhawkslove.

 

Facebook - Either tag Skyhawks Sports Academy in your photo in a personal post (make sure the privacy is set to public) or share your photo in a post on the official Skyhawks Facebook page (fb.com/SkyhawksSportsAcademy).

 

Twitter - Tweet your photo with Skyhawks Sports Academy (@SkyhawksSports) tagged and the hashtag #Skyhawkslove.


Enter as many times as you like, just make sure you’re sharing each photo only once and tagging Skyhawks in each one!


The winner of the contest will be announced on Valentine’s Day.

 

 WE'VE EXTENDED THE GIVEAWAY! We've gotten a ton of great entries and we want to see more! You now have until Tuesday, February 19th the enter you photos via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook! Let's see those #SkyhawksLove pics!

 

For complete rules and terms, Click here

Skyhawks Named a 2019 Franchise 500 Company!

January 14th, 2019

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In Entrepreneur’s 40th annual Franchise 500®, the publication’s highly regarded and competitive list of the top 500 franchises, Skyhawks is excited to announce that Skyhawks Franchise Group has been placed #177 on the list. This news is very meaningful since Skyhawks’ ranking improved by an outstanding 107 places since last year’s ranking.


The Franchise 500® has been considered the top worldwide franchise ranking with over 1,000 franchise companies vying for a spot on the list. Rankings are based on costs and fees, growth rate, financial strength and stability, corporate support, and brand strength. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.


“For the second straight year, we are thrilled to make Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® as one of the best children’s fitness franchises in the world. I’m proud to be a part of an organization which makes a difference in the community through teaching life skills through sports to children and young adults,” says Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks.


Skyhawks Franchise Group is stronger than it has ever been. In 2018, Skyhawks launched the first international SuperTots franchise in Suzhou, China, which received great feedback from Chinese audiences. In addition, the creation of 27 new domestic territories and increased revenue over the previous five quarters helped to drive one of the largest increases in Entrepreneur’s rankings this year.


Yearly Highlights

- 27 new territories opened in 2018 
- Top overall earner generated $1.47 million 
- Top rookie earner generated $348,000 
- First international master franchise launched in China


Over its 40 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Skyhawks Franchise Group’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.


With a low initial investment, Skyhawks franchisees see a quick return on their investment while enjoying a flexible work life and receiving exceptional support from the Skyhawks team, which are just a few perks of becoming a member of the Skyhawks family.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Skyhawks or SuperTots franchise owner, please visit Skyhawks.com/franchise or SuperTotSports.com/us-franchise for more information.

Skyhawks + Positive Coaching Alliance

November 28th, 2018

PCA-LogoCoaches are the beating heart of all Skyhawks programs, and we’re excited to announce a new collaboration to take our staff training to the next level. Starting in 2019, Skyhawks Sports Academy will be partnering with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to enhance Skyhawks staff training. Coaches and directors will complete PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® training, tools, and ongoing support to bolster Skyhawks’ existing two-day training that all programs staff currently complete. The Double-Goal Coach® program develops coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports


All Skyhawks coaches and directors complete a thorough two-day training program prior to becoming a certified Skyhawks coach. 100% of Skyhawks’ program staff are first-aid and CPR certified, and now Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach® certified prior to the start of programs.


Founded in 1998, PCA has conducted more than 20,000 workshops for more than 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations, affecting more than 4.5 million youth and high school athletes. PCA is guided by an advisory board that’s a who’s who of sports legends, including 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain, and Green Bay Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy, among others.


About Positive Coaching Alliance:

Positive Coaching Alliance develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to more than 1,800 free multimedia tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, along with online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

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