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JULY 2021

Franchise Feature
We are thrilled to be pubished by Forbes!  
Discover successful tips for a bright future  


Tomas is a Destination Athlete® franchise owner from Tennesse and was awarded a franchise through our Operation Athlete program for qualifying veterans.


April 2021

We are proud to be honored by Entrepreneur Magazine!  Ranking #67 on the 2021 Fastest-Growing Franchises.  Find our ranking at

2021 Fastest-Growing Franchises

March 2021

DESTINATION ATHLETE® Selected a Top 100 Franchise for 2021 by Franchise Gator

Read full press release here

February 2021

Thank you, Mirror Review for featuring us one of the 10 Most Disruptive Franchises of 2020! 

Read full article at,

January 2021
Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Franchise Team

We are pleased to announce the addition of Devin Meshefski to our franchise team. Owner of Ada, Boise, Owyhee, Gem, Elmore & Canyon Counties, ID.


We’re very proud and humbled to learn of our #1 ranking for the Sports Equipment & Apparel category and #211 overall with the new Entrepreneur Franchise 500 ranking.  Our employees and franchisees are doing an extraordinary job in providing best in class service to numerous athletic communities across the country.      

Read the full press release here


To view the full ranking, visit

November 2020
Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Franchise Team

We are pleased to announce the addition of Micah Gore to our franchise team. Owner of Horry, Dillon and Marion Counties, SC.

October 2020
Franchise Feature

We are proud to be honored by Entrepreneur Magazine!  Ranking #88 on the 2020 Top Franchises For Veterans.  Find our ranking at:

September 2020

Franchise Feature

Destination Athlete® named Entrepreneur's first ever Top Growth Franchises ranking. This list recognizes companies that have maintained strong positive franchise unit growth in North America over three years. It appears in the September issue of Entrepreneur magazine and online at  

Read the full press release here

August 2020
Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Franchise Team

We are pleased to announce the addition of Tyson Tomao to our franchise team. Tyson will operate our first franchise in the state of Arizona. Tyson brings a wealth of service experience, account management and sports acumen to our team. Follow him on Instagram @destinationathlete_phoenix_az

July 2020
Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Franchise Team

It is with great pleasure to announce two new franchisees to our great franchise team.  We’d like to welcome Yvan Salazar from Texas and Gary Ruderman from California.  Yvan has been a successful HS coach for multiple sports and Gary has been a successful entrepreneur and has many links to sports in the community.  Welcome Yvan and welcome Gary. 


June 2020
Russell Wilson & MVP

Exciting news Russell Wilson has partnered with MVP as their Chief Football Advisor!  Read full article by clicking on the photo below:


Click here to learn more about the MVP Sprint self-righting tackling dummy! 

2020 New Jersey Special Olympics Virtual Summer Games

While our team is unable to attend this year's Special Olympics New Jersey in person on June 5, we want to say good luck to all the athletes competing! Your HQ team is cheering for you!


May 2020

Franchise Feature
We are thrilled to be featured by Entrepreneur Magazine!  10 Low-Cost Franchises You Can Start From Home Right Now.  Find article at:

April 2020

Partnership Announcement
Destination Athlete® & MVP Robotics

Destination Athlete® & MVP Robotics (MVP) are excited to announce their partnership with the addition of the brand-new robotic tackling dummy from MVP, “SPRINT,” to the Destination Athlete® equipment product line.  Read full press release at:

Franchisee Feature
Helping the Communities We Serve

Thank you to Steven Croley, Destination Athlete® of Northeast, Tennessee and the people of his community for raising funds to purchase face coverings to support their local Food City & UPS.

Franchise Feature
We are thrilled to be honored by Entrepreneur Magazine!  Ranking #111 on the 2020 Fastest-Growing Franchises.  Find our ranking at:

Franchisee Feature
Helping the Communities We Serve 


We’ve been busy working on summer sports, fall sports and winter sports.   We’re also helping our communities in the present with fundraisers (for hospitals and small businesses), custom face covers and supplying disinfectants.   We even have “Davey Day Trader” Dave Portnoy, President of Barstool Sports wearing a jersey we just made.  

Our employees and franchisees have really been stepping up to help.  They understand what it means to “Lean In.”   I am really proud of our extraordinary team.  

Dave Portnoy, President of Barstool Sports

Illinois Fundraiser 
Click the image below to support Destination Athlete® of Will, Grundy & Kendell Counties, IL in support of local businesses in the "60448" zip code area.

New Jersey Fundraiser 
Click the image below to support Destination Athlete® of Northern New Jersey in support of local hospitals in their area.

March 2020
Helping to Keep Communities Safe

Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Team 

February 2020

Tom Groh, franchise owner of Bergen & Passaic Counties, New Jersey

Tomas & Lily Maysonet, franchise owners of Montgomery, Dickson, Humphreys, Houston & Stewart Counties, Tennessee 
*Veteran Owned*
Tom Moen, franchise owner of Cabarrus, Iredell, Rowan, & Stanly Counties, North Carolina




Pictured left to right - Lily Maysonet, Tomas Maysonet, Doug Dickison & Tom Moen

DESTINATION ATHLETE® Selected a Top 100 Franchise for 2020 by Franchise Gator

Read full press release here

Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Team 
January 2020

Steven Croley, franchise owner of fourteen counties in Northeast, Tennessee
Erica Johnson, franchise owner of Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket Counties, Massachusetts

Pictured left to right - Steven Croley, Erica Johnson & Doug Dickison


Read the full press release here

To view Destination Athlete® in the full ranking, visit
2019 Complete Athlete® Showcase Awards

Complete Athlete® Showcase Winner, Bryn Underwood of Wilson High School-West Lawn, PA

Complete Athlete® Showcase winners, Meredith Moon & Jaden Millstein of Ocean City High School, NJ 


Complete Athlete® Showcase winner, Hailey Denhert & Rising Star, Emily Haughian of Will County, IL

Complete Athlete® Showcase winner, Caroline McGann & Rising Star, Caroline Ireland of Middletown South High School, NJ

Franchise Feature
October 2019

We are thrilled to be honored by Entrepreneur Magazine
Featured as Top Franchises for Veterans in 2019.  
Find our ranking,

Press Announcment
October 2019

We are proud to announce team member Dr. Nick Molinaro, with Complete Athlete®360 has a new book releasing 10/22/19 on Amazon.  In his new book, Beyond the Scoreboard: Learn It Through Youth Sports, Carry It Through Life, co-authored by Celeste Romano, Dr. Nick Molinaro, licensed psychologist with specialty in performance and sport psychology, decodes how an athlete’s environment can either positively impact their mental game or contribute to burnout, resentment, and even physical injury. Read full press release at, Beyond the Scoreboard


To learn more about Dr. Nick Molinaro go to,

Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Team 

September 2019
Jeremy Jones; franchise owner of Travis, Williamson, Bell, Bastrop, Burleson, Lee, Burnett & Milam Counties, Texas which now accounts for the 18 state we have sold a franchise!

Barron Chambliss; franchise owner of Lehigh & Northampton Counties in Pennsylvania

Franchise Feature
September 2019


We are thrilled to be honored by Entrepreneur Magazine! Featured as Top 50 Franchises in 2019.

Gen Z Franchise Opportunity
2019 Project Be Bold

We offer a turnkey approach to franchising with a proven success record! If you are interested in owning your own home-based franchise, click here to learn more about our successful business model:
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September 2019

We are thrilled to be honored by Entrepreneur Magazine!  Ranking #42 on the 2019 Best Franchises For Any Budget.  Find our ranking at:

Franchise Feature
July 2019
Destination Athlete® has been named The Top 10 Best Franchises to Open in 2019 by Insights Success Magazine!  

Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Team 

June 2019

Mitchell Brooks; franchise owner of six parishes in Louisiana!

Max Busca; franchise owner of Ocean County, New Jersey!

Max Zelenko; franchise owner of Chester & Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania!

Complete Athlete®360
July 2019
Dr. Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD the Director of Sports Medicine at Complete Athlete®360 is mentioned in the news. Read full article at

Headquarters office has moved! 
June 2019

Destination Athlete is excited to announce our headquarters office has moved to a new location. The move is the result of our continued growth and the need for larger space to accommodate the expanding operation.

The new address is: 

1225 Route 31, Building A, Lebanon, NJ 08833 


New Partnership 
June 2019 

Fairleigh Dickinson University announces a multi year deal with UA and Destination Athlete of Morris County, NJ, including Complete Athlete®360! Congratulations to Franchise Owner, Drew Dickison.  Read full press release here

Complete Athlete®360
June 2019

Our President for Complete Athlete® 360, Jim Stagnitta is off to a great start with the PLL’s Whipsnakes by being the only undefeated coach after 3 weeks.

The new trend in Franchising!  

Read articles at, and Entrepreneur Magazine:

Youth in Franchising

 Starting Up Right Out of College


Sunday, June 9, 2019 was a great day for the Destination Athlete HQ Team!  We volunteered with the Special Olympics of NJ and assisted their athletes both on and off the Bocce Court. To be part of such a large, community event for NJ was extremely rewarding!  We gave hugs, hand shakes, and smiles as we assisted athletes and awarded medals, but what we received in turn, will be a footprint in our hearts forever.  We gained new friendships and we are proud to share with you, our hearts and our hands were hard at work!

Book Release - May 2019

We are so proud to announce that Destination Athlete has been featured in a book by Michael Caldwell, Dynamic Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century. Featuring 23 companies and their key people who have been recognized for their phenomenal growth. 

Welcome to the Destination Athlete® Team 

May 2019
Anthony Pastorino, franchise owner of Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, Cape May, Gloucester & Salem Counties, New Jersey!

Dan Ball, franchise owner of Jefferson, Douglas, Clear Creek, Grand, Gilpin, Park, Summit & Teller Counties, Colorado

The Top 100 Franchises for Less Than $50,000 in 2019

We are proud to announce Destination Athlete® ranked #22 overall by Entrepreneur Magazine for the Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000 in 2019! Find our ranking at:

 Welcome to the Destionation Athlete® Team

April 2019
Patrick & Barbara Paino, franchise owners of Lincoln County in North Carolina!


Lew Chavez and Michael Chavez (not pictured); franchise owners of Santa Clara County, California! 

November 2018
Rob Young; franchise owner of Essex County, NJ! 

October 2018
Steve and Janzen Nelson, franchise owners of Marion, Polk & Yamhill counties in Oregon! 

August 2018 
Scott & Vicki Cooper; franchise owners of West Tennessee!


2018 Complete Athlete® Showcase Sponsors

On November 18, 2018, Destination Athlete®, together with Dreams for Kids, Inc. and NJM Insurance Group, awarded $10,000 to NJ Scholar Athletes at our 5th Annual Complete Athlete® Showcase. We would like to thank NJM Insurance Group for their continued partnership as a Red Carpet Sponsor in our community support initiative. [Building Better Communities Through Athletes™

Pictured: Lonnie Allgood, Dreams for Kids; Doug Dickison, Destination Athlete Founder & President, Pat Hartpence and Jeff Richardson, of New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Group.

Destination Athlete®  proudly announces launch of Made in USA athletic team apparel and accessories. 

Read full press release here

We are thrilled to be honored by Entrepreneur Magazine!  Ranking #109 on the 2019 Fastest-Growing Franchises List.  Find our ranking at: result for Entrepreneur fast growing franchises

Destination Athlete® has been named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine!

Read the full press release here

Hear what some recipients of our 2018 Operation Athlete 
franchise ownership initiative are saying about Destination Athlete®


Destination Athlete Founder and Chairman, Doug Dickison, shares his expertise as a member of the Forbes New York Business Council.   Read his article on franchise ownership.

Three Considerations To Make Before Buying A Franchise

2018 Complete Athlete® Showcase Winners!

Congratulations to Khoryn Bannis from Matawan High School and Christian Martin from Whippany Park High School both received a scholarship at the annual award banquet and ceremony on November 18. Thanks to 
Dreams for Kids, Inc.Inc., Jason KahnNews 12 New Jersey and NJM Insurance Group for sponsoring this great event! 

News 12 New Jersey 2018 Complete Athlete® Showcase Coverage

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Destination Athlete appears on the cover of the March 22nd edition of USA Today's special section, Franchising in America featured along with a great interview with Founder and Chairman, Doug Dickison on Media Planet's Future of Business and Tech website:
Why owning a franchise is a good transition for veterans


News Release March 2018




Owner, Sonia Jones of Destination Athlete of Yorktown, VA cut the ribbon on the new retail store located at 2900 George Washington Memorial Highway.  This specialty franchise store is a one-stop team resource offering products and services from training to trophies to include Equipment (Sports & Fielding Equipment, Reconditioning), Apparel (Team Uniforms, Spirit Wear, Varsity Jackets), Fundraising (Your Team Store online, Snack Shack, Events…), and Performance (Items, Development, App).  Destination Athlete’s corporate office is in Lebanon, New Jersey, and most of their franchisees are home-based businesses.  The Yorktown location marks the second retail store.  In celebration of the company’s 10-year anniversary in July 2018, they are saying ‘thank you’ to the nation’s veterans by awarding “10 franchises to 10 deserving veterans.”  York County says welcome Destination Athlete of Yorktown, VA, a true company that gives back.

Pictured from left:  Chris Davidson, York County Chamber of Commerce; Sonia Jones, Owner; Jeff Wassmer, member, York County Board of Supervisors and Douglas D. Dickison, Founder & Chairman of Destination Athlete.

For the third year in a row, Destination Athlete has been named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine!

Read the full press release here

Congratulations to our 2017 Complete Athlete® Showcase Scholarship Winners!

Christopher Quindes from Red Bank High School

Jessica Logan from Northern Burlington County Regional High School

News 12 New Jersey Showcase coverage

Welcome to our newest franchisees

April 2017

2017 Happening List WINNER for Hunterdon County's Best Retail Sports Shop!


Small Business Spotlight feature
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Destination Athlete® at the 2017 NY/NJ Franchise Expo

Doug and Drew Dickision present the numerous advantages of owning a
Destination Athlete® franchise to interested entrepreneurs

2016 Complete Athlete® Showcase Award Winners
Scholarship winners George Tammaro and Melinda Tang receive their big checks at the annual award banquet