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WLWT-TV Channel 5 NBC Cincinnati coverage of Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy opener: PR by AndyHemmer.com PR

Posted in Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy with tags , , , , , , on 01/06/2020 by @CincinnatiPR

❤️ MEDIA ALERT ❤️ Ribbon-Cutting + Open House: 1 WEEK AWAY! NBA vet Ronnie Grandison (Celts, Heat, Knicks) opens new, rebranded, HUGE AND EXPANDED Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy next Sunday, January 5, 2020, from 1-4 pm

Posted in Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/29/2019 by @CincinnatiPR

 

link to #BusinessCourier story: —->>> https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/03/greater-cincinnati-sports-center-debuts-6-million.html

12.29.19 —- download: MEDIA ALERT – ribbon-cutting Open House for Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy Sunday Jan 5 2020

Ex-NBA vet Ronnie Grandison expands, launches the new Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy with Ribbon-cutting, Open House next Sun., Jan. 5, from 1-4 p.m.

WHO:

Ronnie Grandison of Cincinnati, NBA vet of five teams (Celtics, Knicks, Heat, Hawks, Hornets), opens new Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy (fdba RG Basketball Academy)

 

WHAT:

THE NEXT CHAPTER!

RG Basketball Academy, part of Kids First Sports, rebrands as Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy, doubling with 6 new basketball courts, eight volleyball courts.

WHEN:

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:

RG Basketball official LOGO

7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati OH 45249 (Sycamore Township).

WHY:

Coach Ronnie has been training Cincinnati athletes for 20+ years. More classes, more kids, more families = a screaming demand for more space. Problem solved!

HOW:

Grandison tapped Cincinnati United Contractors (CUC) for the new 50,000 SF facility.

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Robbie Grandison Basketball Academy exterior

The new Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy opens January 5, 2020, with a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House from 1-4 p.m.

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Andy Hemmer (513) 604-5428 (txt-friendly) andyhemmer@me.com

 

WLWT-TV Channel 5 NBC in Cincinnati on Kids First Sports, Ronnie Grandison Basketball Academy, Bob Herman at North Side Bank + Trust and CUC Cincinnati United Contractors starring Chuck Kubicki: thx WLWT reporter/anchor Natalie Clark, anchor Mike Dardis #ItCameFromCincinnati

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GROUNDBREAKING 10:30 a.m. TUES. 5.14.19: Kids First Sports Center and RG Academy (NBA vet Ronnie Grandison) tap CUC (Cincinnati United Contractors), North Side Bank + Trust to expand largest private childrens’ sports center in the U.S. in Sycamore Township, Cincinnati, USA – thx Erin Caproni, @erincincybiz Digital Producer, #Cincinnati @BusinessCourier

Posted in Cincinnati United Contractors (CUC) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/12/2019 by @CincinnatiPR

 

 

Link to Cincinnati Business Courier article

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link to Kids First Sports story in The Cincinnati Business Courier —> https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/01/greater-cincinnati-sports-center-launches-6m.html

Press Release – For Immediate Release: Kids First Sports taps Cincinnati United Contractors + North Side Bank for $6 Million Expansion – PRESS RELEASE

Kids First: Always, and Forever

Former UC gymnast Jeff Metzger has never lost sight of his kid-first mission

Groundbreaking set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 14 at largest private kids’ rec center in the U.S. ~ Kids First Sports taps Cincinnati United Contractors for new, $6 million East Kemper Road facility.

[SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OHIO (CINCINNATI) ~ May 12, 2019] Kids First Sports Center and its builder, Cincinnati United Contractors (CUC), have launched a $6 million expansion to further diversify and grow one of the largest privately-owned recreational sports centers in the nation.

The new, 54,000-square-foot facility (www.kidsfirstsports.com) will sit next to its current East Kemper Road HQ and will more than double capabilities for basketball and volleyball, allowing for six basketball courts or eight volleyball courts.

 

With completion, the Kids First campus will occupy 162,000 square feet on 13 acres, a wonderland of academics, sports, and healthy choices for local kids.

Behind it all: a professional relationship between Kids First and CUC (www.cintiunited.com) dating back eight previous construction assignments to their first collaboration in 1983.

The current expansion will allow the Ronnie Grandison Basketball Academy and Kids First volleyball services to exponentially expand.

But, it wasn’t without its challenges.

Property had to be acquired, zoning had to be worked out, and financing had to be secured.

That’s where Kids First once again turned to CUC.

After a more than 20-year relationship with one lender, Kids First was not able to secure favorable financing, so they turned to CUC who brought in North Side Bank & Trust.

North Side Bank jumped at the opportunity to partner with Kids First on the project and closed on the financing in record time.

 

CUC was also able to help Kids First navigate the zoning process to achieve the approvals needed for the project to move forward.

Metzger is a decorated, multi-sport athlete hailing from Woodward High School and former University of Cincinnati gymnast.

When a baseball injury derailed his career in gymnastics, he took a job teaching tumbling at a dance studio and the proverbial seed was sown. Metzger launched Kids First from a church basement in 1973.

 

Since then, it’s blossomed into an athletic and academic beast, with two dozen programs such as TumbleBees (gymnastics) drawing upwards of 1,600 kids every week.

Our foundation is our Mission, ‘To give kids the tools to grow into a happy, healthy, responsible adults,’ ” said Metzger.

A 1998 rebranding changed the company’s name from Queen City Gymnastics to Kids First Sports Center, paving the way for the current, 108,000-square-foot campus.

 

Kids First also drew upon its Seven Unifying Principles for inspiration.

One of those principles is continual, perpetual growth, to create new opportunities for all of our kids,” said Metzger.

It’s been an amazing journey, with some incredible families. We’ve trained the grandparents of some of these kids.”

We are thrilled to assist Kids First once again, in their continual quest for every child to grow up happy, healthy, and physically active,” said CUC President Chuck Kubicki.

We were there 36 years ago, we will be there for Jeff forever.”

 

Contacts:

Mr. Jeff Metzger, Founding President, Kids First Sports (513) 489-7575 jmetzger8777@me.com

Mr. Chuck Kubicki, President/CEO, Cincinnati United Contractors (CUC) (513) 677-0060 ckubicki@cintiunited.com 

 

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