Helping men and women in uniform
Many people know Georgetown resident Gordon B. Logan as founder and CEO of the national Sport Clips Haircuts chain that caters to men and boys. But fewer know that he flew C-130s in the Air Force.
As a veteran, Gordon feels strongly about United States’ men and women in service, and he has made it his goal to give back to our soldiers and veterans any way he can.
One way he has accomplished this goal is through working closely with the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars USA), the nonprofit service organization for American military veterans’ benefits. Not only does Sport Clips hold the title “Official Haircutter of the VFW,” but Gordon also serves on the Board of Directors of the VFW Foundation, which handles all of the VFW’s charitable work.
Through their Help a Hero program, Sport Clips has become the primary funder of the VFW’s initiative Operation Uplink, which gives service men and women in hospitals and stationed overseas opportunities to stay connected with their families by providing them with free phone calls home.
“These calls are more than just ‘morale’ calls,” says Gordon. “They’re often a lifeline for those who are far from home—sometimes on their second or third deployment.”
To date, Sport Clips’ Help a Hero program has raised more than 1.3 million dollars through company and client donations for Operation Uplink, with a significant portion coming from their nationwide Veterans Initiative. Every year, from October through Veterans’ Day week, Sport Clips’ 900+ locations collect donations for the cause. In addition, Sport Clips stores allocate a dollar from every hair care service purchased on Veteran’s Day to the Help a Hero program.
Gordon estimates that Sport Clips will have provided over 24 million minutes of free calls by the end of this year. “We’re very proud to work with [the VFW] on that,” says Gordon.
Gordon is also on the VetFran Committee with the International Franchise Association. “We work very hard to provide opportunities to veterans within the franchise community—either as franchisees or as employees.” He connected the International Franchise Association with the VFW, and the two now work together on joint initiatives.
“Finding jobs for veterans is a very high priority,” says Gordon. “Right now the unemployment rate among veterans is higher than average. But we’re doing everything that we can to provide opportunities to our soldiers once they get out of the service and to help them get a start in their civilian life and civilian careers.”
Through participation in the Veterans Transition Initiative, Sport Clips provides veterans who are interested in owning a Sport Clips franchise with a $5,000 discount off the Sport Clips franchise fee.
According to Gordon, twelve percent of Sport Clips franchisees are veterans. “Their training and their ability to build a team and provide leadership is a great fit for franchising,” says Gordon. “And our franchisees have been very successful.”
Learn more about Sports Clips
and the Help a Hero program at www.sportclips.com.