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Inspiring Conversations with Richard Dahome of Skyhawks Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Dahome.

Richard, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
As a graduate of Kent State University, I moved to Arizona from Ohio in 2017. I started off working as a recreational manager for the Phoenix Job Corps. In my time as the recreational supervisor, I completely changed the program. In just three months of working there, I was named the employee of the month. A year after working with the Phoenix Job Corps, I was offered a role to be the Executive Sports Director for Phoenix Skyhawks. This was a great opportunity I never saw coming considering I was only 22 years old then. With this new role, I was tasked with growing the nation’s #1 youth sports organization here in Phoenix. In my first two years, I formed partnerships with the big school districts and Parks & Rec in the county including Scottsdale Unified, Queen Creek Unified, Gilbert Unified and many more. Today, Phoenix Skyhawks is one of the biggest youth sports franchises in the state and was recently featured on CBS5 news.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No road is ever smooth, atleast thats what I tell myself. After having my first son a year ago, I struggle with balancing quality family life and work life. Covid 19 pandemic also threw a wrench that many organizations struggled with. With the strong leadership team behind me, we overcame these major issues and were still able to serve families in the Valley.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Skyhawks is the country’s leader in providing a safe, fun, and skill-based sports experience for kids between the ages of 4 and 12. Skyhawks franchisees have the ability to offer up to 11 different sports across a variety of programs including traditional summer camps, leagues, after-school programs, STEM Sports®, clinics and classes providing a variety of revenue streams throughout the whole year.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
My favorite thing about our city is the growing diversity and economical growth. I love how I can always meet people from different parts of the country/world. My least favorite thing about the city is the bad air pollution and the summer heat.

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