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We believe sports changes lives

We believe sports change lives and are proud to have a network of 100+ chapters positively impacting kids through sports everyday.

At TGA, we seek to make our students better players and better people. We strive to teach in ways that promote growth and advancement not only on the field, course, or court but in our community, and we define achievement in the progress that we make together.

OUR STORY

TGA offered its first after school golf program in the fall of 2003. We started in only five schools, offering programs wherever we safely could – inside a gym, outdoors on a blacktop, a large grass field, a small grass field and even a parking lot.

The sixth school to commit was Village School in Pacific Palisades, a small private school with no grass and their outdoor blacktop was accounted for each afternoon.

I toured the campus with the school administrator, Mona Woolard, to try and find a place to conduct the program. The widest space I could find was an open, outdoor hallway with columns every 15ft. I thought to myself, what the heck, let’s give it a shot!

I went home, created the flyer and modified the curriculum based on a maximum of 16 students. I called the school a week before the first class and we had 12 students registered. I couldn’t believe it!

I called the school again three days before our session was scheduled to begin and we had sold out! Then, a day prior to class starting, the school called me saying a parent was begging to add their child to the roster. I couldn’t say no.

I remember getting off that phone call thinking TGA has a real opportunity to change the after school market and the sport of golf. If 17 parents signed up their kids for $165 for a golf program conducted in a hallway, then we were on to something. Turns out the shot we took was successful because we signed three other schools within five miles of Village School over the next six months.

THE REST IS TGA HISTORY.

*Mona Woolard, who facilitated our first program at Village School in 2003 passed away in 2009.  She was an amazing spirit who welcomed golf in a hallway with open arms. I will never forget her checking on the program the first few weeks encouraging the students and thoroughly enjoying the program. She is greatly missed.

— JOSHUA JACOBS | CEO & FOUNDER

Company History

2003

TGA launched its first Golf Enrichment Programs at six Los Angeles schools. TGA’s focus was to provide PK – 8th grade students with an opportunity to learn golf through an innovative 5-level after-school program. This program made golf affordable and accessible for children, and received an overwhelmingly positive response from schools, parents and students. TGA expanded its programs within Los Angeles area schools to accommodate the demands from students and parents who wanted a golf program within the safe, convenient environment of their schools. The curriculum also provided transition for students to go from their schools to programs at the golf course.

2004

TGA’s first camps and clinics were offered at golf courses. TGA also incorporated the expansion of physical fitness and education components as well as adding a character development initiative within its school programs.

2006

Golf professionals along with entrepreneurs began expressing their interest in the unique sustainable and scalable model of TGA. By the end of 2006, after three years of honing and improving the TGA business model and curriculums, TGA began offering geographically exclusive franchises which became the TGA Premier Junior Golf Program now running throughout the United States.

2008

The USGA approved TGA’s curriculum under the rules of amateur status and TGA became National Partners with the After School Alliance and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

2009

TGA achieved its first ranking in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, and won two industry awards for Business Achievement and Player Development.

2010

Golf Magazine named TGA’s CEO, Joshua Jacobs to Golf’s 40 Under 40 list. TGA was named as one of 10 Best Franchise Deals around the world by Entrepreneur, along with jumping 131 spots in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 ranking from #450 to #319. TGA was also termed the 4th best youth fitness franchise. TGA also formed the 501c3 TGA Sports Foundation, to be able to apply for grants and funding to serve under-resourced areas as well as mentally and physically disabled youth.

2011

TGA gained its 50th franchise along with having seven multiple franchise owners across the country. TGA also branched out into the sport of tennis, signing a National Partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). TGA’s model is now being offered in both the golf and tennis industries and is known as a leading initiative to grow both sports while providing small business ownership and job opportunities. The TGA / USTA proprietary Enrichment Curriculum is solely used by TGA Franchises within schools. TGA works with USTA National along with USTA Sections, Districts and CTA’s to complete the Player Pathway and help feed the USTA’s adult and junior initiatives to grow the sport.

2012

TGA signs its first tennis franchise. TGA’s Youth Sports Franchise model is now one of the fastest at growing junior golf and youth tennis participation amongst 3-13 year olds. TGA’s motto is to Keep Swinging!® and we strive to provide all youth with the opportunity to learn golf and tennis in a fun and educational environment.

2017

TGA launches a third franchise opportunity that includes 6 team-based sports: cheerleading, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, ultimate, and volleyball.

2018

TGA celebrates its 15th anniversary and impacting over 775,000 children through sports programs across the U.S. and Canada.

2019

TGA debuts enhanced franchise structure to stay in line with the latest market trends and industry standards.

2020

TGA launches a virtual sports program to help our youth to Keep Playing!® at home.

Coach of the Year

The Coach of the Year Awards are a way for us to recognize and celebrate the best of the best within the TGA Premier Sports family. Coaches can be nominated for the awards by their Chapter Director, their fellow coaches, and by students/parents who they have impacted through TGA Premier Sports programs. Click here to learn more, submit a nomination, and see past winners. Keep Playing!™