Amazing Athletes Ranks Entrepreneur Franchise 500

CARLSBAD, CA – Sports-based youth fitness and enrichment program, Amazing Athletes, was recently named as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, a published ranking of the nation’s top franchise companies based on financial and statistical data collected over two years.

Amazing Athletes joins the ranks of some of America’s well-known companies such as Subway, 7-Eleven and McDonalds on Entrepreneur’s list, ranking 5th in children’s fitness, 76th in home-based business and 283rd overall.

The Carlsbad-based company, which was launched by Glen and Janee Henderson in 2003, embraced the franchise business model in 2006 to cater to the high demand and rapid growth of the business, maintain the quality and integrity of the program and spread the message about its enriching fitness program to youth around the nation. What began as a fitness program in just 11 preschools in Orange County a decade ago has now grown into a network of 76 thriving independently owned, Amazing Athlete-supported businesses across America, spanning 23 states coast to coast.

“The growth and response has been unbelievable,” said co-owner Janee Henderson. “We have grown and doubled year after year with some wonderful franchisees as part of our Amazing Athletes family. As of today, we have over 75 franchises across the country in over 22 different states. It is truly Amazing!”

The arduous selection process for the magazine’s 34th annual Franchise 500 list began in July 2012, when hundreds of franchisors submitted financial and statistical data collected over the past two years. Of those submissions, 824 companies made the first cut before the top 500 were selected based on the highest cumulative scores. Scoring was conducted by an independent CPA and included factors such as financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system, as well as consideration of the number of years the business has been in existence, length of time it has been franchising, cost of startup costs, litigation factors, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing.

“We are thrilled to be honored in this ranking with such a high echelon of thriving and well-known companies,” said Henderson. “We hope to continue this successful progression of our business franchise for many more years to come.”

To access a full listing of this year’s Franchise 500, visit For more information about Amazing Athletes, visit or call (888) 228-3942.

About Amazing Athletes:

Amazing Athletes was founded in 2003 as a year-round sports-based youth fitness program helmed by trained coaches who teach children the fundamentals and mechanics of nine different sports. At the core of each class are developmental sports lessons, which focus on improving hand-eye coordination, flexibility, muscle tone, balance and speed and agility with the measurable aim of achieving key motor development goals and milestones. Amazing Athletes works diligently to ensure its classes allow every child – no matter his or her ability, age or skill level – to build skills at their own pace within a non-competitive, learning-based environment that emphasizes patience, teamwork and self-confidence. To learn more about Amazing Athletes and its franchise opportunities, visit or call toll-free at (888) 228-3942.

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