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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.

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 + 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.

Child Safety & Protection Month

November 1st, 2018

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Before you sent your child off Trick or Treating on Halloween, did you have a conversation with them about safety? Perhaps you went through their candy to make sure nothing was tampered with (and to sneak a few pieces for yourself) or maybe you went with them to make sure they were safe under your supervision. The safety of our children is a constant voice in the back of every parent or guardian’s mind. In honor of Child Safety and Protection Month this November, Skyhawks is excited to share a few of our safety policies with you.

Here are a few of the preventative measures we take to keep your children safe at our programs:

1.    The Skyhawks Gate System

At each Skyhawks program, our coaches start and end with our safety process which we call the “Gate System." Every morning before camp, our coaches greet parents and campers in the parking lot as children are dropped off. Coaches guide the kids on to the court or field by funneling them through one of our entry gates. Once the child is through the gate, the coach maintains eye contact with them until they are safe with the rest of the group and the other coach playing a warm-up game. This process is completed in reverse at the end of the day so the coaches can make sure that every child goes home safely with the appropriate parent or guardian. 

2.    Safe Bathroom Breaks

Another policy for Skyhawks programs is to make sure the restrooms are completely empty before allowing children to enter. While the kids are inside, their coach guards the doorway to ensure that no one else enters while the children are using the facilities.

3.    Snack Time Precautions

Here at Skyhawks, we are no strangers to food allergies. We ask parents to let us know ahead of time if their child has any food allergies. However, we know sometimes parents can forget or the information can be delayed, so to make sure we do not have any incidents we have a strict no sharing rule during snack time. We also ask that parents of children with allergies send their camper with Wet Ones antibacterial wipes since they have been scientifically tested to remove food allergens from hands after eating.

4.    Exceptional Staff

Becoming a Skyhawks Coach or Director is an extensive and highly competitive process. If they meet the minimum requirements, interested prospects fill out an application and attend several interviews. Once hired, we take our employees through a rigorous training program to ensure that your children are in the best hands possible.

 

To learn more about our Safety Policies & Procedures, give us a call at (800) 804-3509!

Dealing with Smoky Days

August 20th, 2018

smokeSmokey days from wildfires in the late summer months have become the norm over the past few years. Your child’s health is our #1 concern, and Skyhawks has a number of steps in place to handle days with less-than-ideal air quality. First and foremost - your child’s health is our #1 concern. Skyhawks tires to avoid canceling or rescheduling camps, but the AQI (air quality index, more on that later) reaches a certain point, we will do so to protect our campers. 

On smoky days, Skyhawks uses the AQI (Air Quality Index) and the EPA’s AirNow conditions as a reference for determining the need to relocate, reschedule, or cancel camps. According to the EPA, there are six air quality categories that range from Good to Unhealthy and Hazardous. When the “Unhealthy” range is reached, Skyhawks works with our partner organizations to try and find an indoor location if possible and avoid cancellations. Generally speaking, moving to an indoor location will provide a healthy enough environment for our campers when the AQI is in the “Unhealthy” range. However, ordinances in some areas require cancellation of outdoor activities for youth once the AQI reaches the “Unhealthy” level. No matter what, when the AQI passes into the “Hazardous” range even moving inside won’t provide a healthy enough environment, and that’s when we start canceling camps for the day.

If you have a child in a program that needs to be relocated or canceled, Skyhawks customer service will be in contact with you via email or phone. We’ll let you know as soon as is possible so you can plan accordingly. 

If you have any concerns about your child’s upcoming camp(s), please give us a call at 800.804-3509 and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to answer any questions.

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