Majority owner Jim Canning saw his dream of owning an indoor sports and family entertainment center come to life in 1992 when he opened his first GoodSports USA in Aberdeen, New Jersey. Monmouth County now had a complex where youth and adult teams could play, indoor soccer, roller hockey, dek hockey, volleyball or take a swing in a batting cage. We even tried bringing the beach indoors and playing volleyball in the sand indoors. Aberdeen also had a unique feature; a second floor bar overlooked the lower level playing surfaces and was a great spot to unwind after a game.
The Next Adventure
What could possibly be better than one indoor center, exactly; two. In March of 1997, Jim and his partners had the opportunity to purchase the struggling Allaire Racquet Club in Wall, New Jersey. The complex sits on eleven acres and had four regulation tennis courts under an air dome and 6 more tennis courts indoors. The outside courts were quickly converted to an artificial turf field and indoor soccer was now a reality in Wall. One half of the indoor space was converted into a roller hockey rink which became the home of volleyball and inline hockey leagues. The back of the property included an Olympic size pool and beautifully landscaped grounds a perfect haven for our summer pool club. In 2005 the Aberdeen property was sold and 100% of our efforts were directed towards the Wall facility.
GoodSports USA has evolved with the changing face of sports and the community to offer the best programs our customers want. The newest addition to our facility has been the birth of the Jersey Shores best summer day camp for children from three to fourteen.
Still the leader in indoor soccer and flag football; programs added over the years include lacrosse, field hockey, dodgeball, co-ed leagues and baseball clinics that quickly became the premier location for athletes from all over the state.
Recent additions to our campus include, a splash park and private beach near the pool for a total Jersey Shore experience. And we also added in a backyard sports area that includes a basketball court and wiffleball field.
Well, that remains to be seen. We have spent the past 20 years organizing and facilitating leagues, camps and clinics, summer camps and much more. What is on the horizon is only limited by our imagination. Help us imagine what other events or activities you would like to see.