TGA Premier Youth Tennis launches 22nd franchise

November 21, 2013

Union County, N.J. — TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA), one of the leading initiatives to grow the sport of tennis in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has awarded a new tennis franchise in New Jersey to Nick Meltzer, a former financial services and investment executive.

Meltzer’s franchise, located in Union County, joins 21 other existing tennis franchises in 10 different states awarded by TGA in just over 18-months of franchising. This new model, which introduces the sport of tennis to youth in schools through supporting the USTA’s “10 and Under Tennis” initiative, is already serving students and families in more than 1,000 schools throughout the United States.

A graduate of New York University with an MBA in Finance, Meltzer is an accomplished investment operations executive with experience in financial services, financial management and is highly skilled in collaborating with organizations to achieve business and financial objectives. He was looking for a more balanced work life and career that could incorporate sports and youth when he discovered TGA.

“I love kids and I love sports,” he said. “After 20 years in the financial services industry, I decided to follow my dreams and join TGA Premier Youth Tennis. TGA’s unique opportunity allows me to pursue my passion for the sport I have been playing since early childhood while working with kids.”

TGA, which is one of the nation’s most successful and fastest growing youth sports companies, developed and implements a new and innovative school-based activation model and tennis curriculum in partnership with the USTA. The curriculum is designed to enrich young people’s lives through physical fitness, health and nutrition, education and character building.

“A franchisee with Nick’s strong business background, community ties and passion for youth sports, will be very successful in executing our tennis model and enriching the lives of youth in Union County,” said Steve Tanner, TGA chief operating officer. “It is very rewarding to see how our model, with the USTA’s support, continues to grow and impact the industry.”

TGA Premier Youth Tennis of Union County is expected to involve thousands of youth annually by introducing the sport of tennis to children at elementary and middle schools, child care centers and community based organizations through a multi-level instruction program. TGA will then transition the students to local tennis facilities and USTA youth programs.

“With having two-daughters ages 5 and 7, it is so rewarding to be able to develop affordable after-school enrichment programs that promote life skills and teach a lifelong sport. This is a curriculum I will be proud to offer all the children of Union County,” Metzler said.