Why i9 Sports® is One of the Best Franchises for Veterans

Why i9 Sports® is One of the Best Franchises for Veterans

i9 Sports Helps Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

Veterans are a unique group of people, with teamwork experience, discipline, and leadership skills. Veterans are also self-starters who aren’t afraid to work hard and get things done.

For all these reasons, veterans make excellent franchisees and business owners. They’re committed to their businesses, they understand the value of hard work, and they know what it takes to be successful.

Owning an i9 Sports® business is one of the easiest transitions that people who are retiring from the military can make, and there are several reasons we think we’re one of the best franchises for veterans.

Reasons why i9 Sports is great for veterans

1. Our lower start-up costs make it more accessible than most franchises.
i9 Sports is a great option for people who want to open their own businesses but don’t already have hundreds of thousands of dollars saved. Our start-up costs begin under $40,000.

2. Our business model is scalable so you can make a good income.
A franchisee may start small, but as they gain experience, their business grows. The i9 Sports business model is scalable, with low overhead and a lot of repeat business.

3. People like supporting veterans.
Veterans perform a valuable and necessary service for our country, and people want to support veterans when they have an opportunity. In addition, veterans are known for their discipline, reliability, and leadership, and parents value these traits even more when they are looking for youth sports leagues for their kids.

4. You can use your leadership skills to mentor kids in youth sports.
i9 Sports is a great opportunity for people who are passionate about leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship. i9 Sports offers the chance to become a mentor and role model for kids who play sports. The business model makes it a great career; but the mission of helping kids brings its own rewards.

See what our franchisees have to say

Janson Kinsley, an i9 Sports owner in the Minneapolis area:
– Attended West Point and served in the Army for 6 years, completing a 15-month tour in Iraq.

“For me, the biggest learning curve has been the marketing aspect of it. I knew I would need help, but the home office has been absurdly supportive with teaching that skill set and providing the resources to help me learn.”


Danielle Smith, an i9 Sports owner in the Atlanta area:
– Former full-time National Guardsman in Georgia.

“Coming into this franchise has been a pleasant process. They assign you a business coach that you speak with every week; there is a week-long onboarding training.”

Every person in every department introduced themselves and explained their capabilities and how they could support us, so we have that direct contact with them if we need help. I appreciate knowing who those people are and having those resources.”


Walter and Sandra Reaves, i9 Sports owners in Savannah, Georgia:
– Walter is a retired Marine; Sandra is retired from the Army.

“I love how the corporate office is there for you. They’re awesome. I was amazed at how welcomed I felt into the i9 Sports family. It made me feel good. … If there is a prospect I am talking to I would tell them they will not let you fail. They will set you up for success.” – Sandra

“Just follow the steps. Don’t worry. Just follow their plan. That’s us in the military — we have plans, this is what we’re going to do. – Walter


Mark Hillen, an i9 Sports owner in the Minneapolis area: 
– Attended West Point, served in the Army for six years and two tours of combat duty, then entered the National Guard.

“I want to provide an excellent experience for kids. It’s a great model for teaching life skills, developing sports skills, and having fun. Kids need positive influences. I want to instill in every child that they have what it takes to be a leader both on and off the field.” 

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