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THE ELITE STORY...
AND SO IT BEGAN...
My journey into the sports training and nutrition world began as I sat in another nutrition class at the start of yet another semester at Kent State University. I knew both my undergraduate and graduate collegiate programs were necessary to build the foundational knowledge needed to be successful in the field. However, throughout my years invested in studying the field, there was always a fire burning inside me to hit the ground running and open a sports training facility.
I've always heard people say that you should "chase your passion" and I've wondered how many people actually do that. Well on that day spent sitting in my nutrition class, I decided that I wasn't going to "chase my passion", rather I was going to "live my passion". That was the day that Elite Sports Performance was born".
After I graduated from Kent in the spring of 2012, I ventured into the real world and opened up Elite in a small run-down 1,200 square foot facility. Let's just say we've grown a bit since then - we have moved twice and are now on our 3rd facility!
In the early years at Elite, I worked my regular day job and ran Elite in the evening. I first started off with a small group of high school athletes, many of whom are currently playing in college - man time flies!
After opening our doors in 2012, Elite has slowly grown by word of mouth - which is a good thing because if I had to rely on my marketing skills we would have to close up shop after 6 months! I still am no marketing expert, but Elite continues to grow as we've added a ton of quality people and families to make up the Team Elite.
I'm not going to lie, starting a business without having any real business knowledge or background was very frightening! I still do not claim to be a business expert, but I’ve learned a ton along the way.
I learned to lean heavily on many core values that I knew would help lead me to success. Those 8 core values would then go on to become the Elite 8 Core Values.
I feel these core values are crucial for anyone to become successful in anything that they do. It is my goal to instill these core values in all of the athletes and members that become part of Elite.
In January 2017, my good friend Mark Sankovich and I decided to bring his baseball training program into Elite. We knew that combining our programs would be able to offer baseball athletes the ultimate training experience - covering all areas of performance.
Shortly after our merge in 2017, we started up our Elite Fastpitch Program. Just like our baseball program, our goal was to create a comprehensive training experience for softball/fastpitch athletes - offering individual skills training in addition to speed and strength training.
In the fall of 2019 my wife Amber started up our Elite Girls Soccer Program. Being an excellent soccer player herself, she wanted to pursue her passion for coaching girls and provide a comprehensive soccer program that includes the development of their technical skills, strength, conditioning, as well as confidence on and off the field.
Well there you have it, I hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes story of Elite!
- Bobby Fioritto, President of Elite Sports Performance