BOCA RATON, FL — The Franchise Universe Magazine interview with Ryan Tuchman CEO of Hi-Five Sports Franchising.
“Today, Hi-Five is the largest youth sports entertainment franchise network in the US! It is available in dozens of cities in numerous states throughout the US.
We at The Franchise Universe got into conversation with Ryan Tuchman, the CEO of Hi-Five Sports Franchising, to know more about the company and what makes it best in the game.”
BOCA RATON, FL —
Hi-Five Sports Franchising named 2nd best sports franchise to buy in 2021!
“If you were to ask any franchisee for their advice on buying a franchise, it would be to make sure you’re passionate about the brand. For the sports lover, that could mean buying a franchise that allows you to train the next generation of athletes in your community.
But passion alone isn’t the only reason to buy a sports franchise. Franchisees in this space can tap into the $471 billion dollar sports market and make meaningful connections with major brands and local charities. Whether it’s high-tech swim schools, virtual golfing experiences, baseball or soccer, there’s something for everyone.”
NORTHBROOK, IL —
Operating the 15,000-square-foot Hi-Five Sports Zone that debuted inside Northbrook Court in 2018 was “one of the best times of my life,” said Hi-Five owner Danny Tuchman. Then came March 2020. “At the snap of a finger we had to close, which is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do,” he said of the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hi-Five happily is back in action, outdoors on courts in a lot on the mall’s northwest corner. Serving 300 basketball-bouncing, soccer ball-kicking children a week — spaced so there’s no more than 25
kids there an hour — again sounds like a good time. “It’s been great, it’s really been amazing,” said Tuchman, a 2001 Glenbrook South graduate, and former Titans basketball player.
Hi-Five Sports is ranked in the 41st annual Entrepreneur Magazine Top 500. More than 1,100 companies applied for this year’s ranking, and those that rose to the top reveal the latest trends in franchise ownership. As well as the companies that continue to evolve to keep going strong year after year.
“The 500 companies on this list all have something in common: They understand what consumers want now,” says Entrepreneur editor in chief Jason Feifer. “They
may be an upstart in a brand-new category, or they may be a brand like Dunkin’
that’s ranked highly on our list for decades. But either way, making our list means
they’re forward-thinking, nimble, and closely in touch with their customers’
needs—because in an ever-changing business environment, that’s what a franchise must do to thrive.”
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Charles Carolus served our country, and he now wants to help serve San Antonio by providing fun, affordable sports camps for local children. Carolus was in the U.S. Navy for 10 years and once he left the military, he followed an old passion, which he now hopes will help the youths of the Alamo City find theirs. “What did I love to do? Play sports. I was always in sports, my dad was always involved with sports, and (give) back to my community,” Carolus said.
LITTLETON, CO — Hi-Five Sports Zone has officially opened its doors in Southwest Plaza Mall and is inviting the community to join the celebration. With almost 30 years’ experience enriching the lives of children ages 3-13, Hi-Five Sports will give families in and around Littleton year-round access to sports leagues, camps, classes and parties that are proven to have a positive impact on children.
LITTLETON, CO — Families in the area will have year-round access to sports leagues, camps, classes and parties when Hi-Five Sports Zone opens this summer at Southwest Plaza.
The 5,400-square-foot facility will incorporate space for team sports activities and schoolyard games. It will also have a “kid-sized” basketball court and turf field, a beginner climbing wall, and event space for sports-themed birthday parties.
NORTHBROOK, IL — A 14,000-square-foot youth sports facility in Northbrook Court held its grand opening Friday. The Hi-Five Sports Zone complex includes a basketball court, turf field, event space and a lounge area. The space is located on the mall’s second level and aims to serve families across the North Shore amid the ongoing redevelopment of the site.
“There is no doubt that a new day has arrived for malls, including Northbrook Court. Our Hi-Five Sports Zone fills a massive void for malls that are seeking dynamic tenants that command consumer appeal,” said co-owner Danny Tuchman, who grew up in Deerfield.
NORTHBROOK, IL — Hi-Five Sports Zone has officially opened its doors in Northbrook Court and invited the community to celebrate in style.
To commemorate its recent opening at Northbrook Court, Hi-Five invited the community to join in the festivities. On Friday, February 1, parents, children and North Shore community members came in to tour Hi-Five’s new facility, participate in hourly contests, win an assortment of prizes and more.
NORTHBROOK, IL — Ryan Tuchman, 41, and Danny Tuchman, 35, are co-owners of the North Shore location for Hi-Five Sports Clubs. Ryan is also the CEO of the franchise and Danny is vice president of training. In 1990, their father, Marvin, started what would become the Hi-Five Sports Clubs to create a brand for youth sports. The business now has locations across the country. The company opened its first mall location at Northbrook Court on Dec. 26 with a grand opening scheduled for Jan. 25. The brothers grew up in Glenview. Ryan lives in California and Danny lives in Northbrook.
NORTHBROOK, IL — Now for some retail-related news that may be a bit cheerier what preceeded it. A lease has been signed in the Northbrook Court shopping center in Northbrook by a youth sporting facility for kids. Hi-Five Sports will fill 14,000 square feet at the shopping center, in space that had been a sporting goods retailer. There will be a basketball court and space for football, baseball, floor hockey and soccer. The mall’s ongoing facelift also has a residential component: Owner Brookfield Property Partners also plans to raze a space that had been occupied by Macy’s and build 300 apartments.
NORTHBROOK, IL — Hi-Five Sports Zone, a new state-of-the-art youth sports center inside Northbrook Court, will open for winter break camps this week
NORTHBROOK, IL —
A youth recreational sports facility is leasing space in the Brookfield Property Partners-owned Northbrook Court shopping center, the latest example of a mall owner turning to a non-retail use to fill vacant space. Brookfield is planning a $250 million overhaul of Northbrook Court.
Hi-Five Sports Zone is taking 14,000 square feet at mall at 1515 Lake Cook Road, taking over the former Sports Authority space after the big box store closed in 2016.
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Children’s programming is an important part of many facility operations, and like US Indoor’s other youth programming providers, Hi-Five Sports Franchising is passionate about helping kids be active through sports while teaching the lessons that go with sports and just having fun.
As Marvin Tuchman coached his son Rvan’s youth sports teams, he thought programs weren’t up to the standards they should be. At that time, the only organized programs were either put on by parks and recreation departments or by organizations like the YMCA. So, he set out to start his own, and Hi-Five was born in 1990.
Hi-Five Sports has appointed youth sports and camp industry veteran Howard “Coach H” Rothenberg as Head of Franchise Development to lead Hi-Five’s growth as a nationwide brand. Prior to joining Hi-Five Sports, Rothenberg worked for private and not-for-profit camps in the Midwest, starting as a camper and eventually opening his own camp in Charlottesville, VA. Rothenberg also serves as the Professional Development Chair for the American Camp Association Virginia’s Leadership Council, where he organizes educational programming and visits camps.
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A new sports facility geared toward youth opened earlier this year in Mount Prospect’s Kensington Business Center.
Former Des Plaines resident and 2002 Maine West High School graduate Ian Thomas is operating Hi-Five Players U Sports Club, 412 E. Business Center Dr. The facility, which caters to children ages 4 and up, is located inside a 30,000 sq. ft. facility containing athletic turf, batting cages, classrooms, a lounge area and a viewing deck for parents to observe programming.
Hi-Five Sports, providing the nation’s highest quality youth sports programming, announced today a widespread franchise growth initiative. The strategy positions the brand for expansion into Long Island, where Hi-Five Sports intends to transform and enrich the lives of children.
“We have nearly 30 years and a proven model behind us. In less than two years of franchising, Hi-Five is already showing itself to be a difference-maker in communities across the United States – we can’t wait to bring that to Suffolk County,” said Ryan Tuchman, CEO of Hi-Five Sports Franchising.
MNT. PROSPECT, IL —
Lace ‘em up and get ready Mount Prospect – Hi-Five is here!
The nationally acclaimed sports program, led by professionally trained staff, announced today that it has opened in Mount Prospect. Local parents and their children no longer have to travel far or launch an exhaustive search for high-quality youth sports programming. Renowned for transforming and enriching the lives of kids ages 3-13, Hi-Five Sports is now serving families in Mount Prospect and the nearby surrounding area.
It’s been two years since Hi-Five Sports Zone opened its doors at 5411 Geary near 18th Avenue, taking over a large space that was formerly a Walgreen’s. The space had been vacant for several years, during which a nasty battle took place over a Petco store taking occupancy. So residents were relieved when Hi-Five finally opened its doors in June 2014.
Hi-Five was a well-established business by 2014, offering sports camps, leagues and events for kids aged 2-10 years around the Bay Area and in Arizona. But Geary was their first brick and mortar location, and they chose the Richmond District because of it’s high population of families and its suitability for “a unique family sports