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MVP Sports Clubs

The president of the MVP Sports Clubs invites IHRSA 2016 attendees to visit its premier RDV Sportsplex facility in Orlando.

CBI: One of the most influential relationships in your life is, arguably, the one you have with Richard DeVos, the cofounder of Amway, and his family, who also own RDV Sportsplex, the MVP Sports Clubs, and the NBA’s Orlando Magic. How did it come about?

KARL DROPPERS: I went to college to coach and teach, but, when I got out in the early ’80s, it wasn’t a great time to go into teaching, and schools certainly weren’t paying coaches what they pay today. Fortunately, in 1989, Ben Emdin, a former president of IHRSA, gave me my first job in the industry, as the sales manager of his East Hills Athletic Club chain, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

After a number of years with the East Hills group, I purchased one of their smaller clubs. At 32, I became the sole proprietor of the 40,000-square-foot Lakeshore Athletic Club, in Holland, Michigan. I’d found my dream job!

CBI: But you didn’t stick with it …?

KD: Things change. In 1995, three years into owning and operating my club, I was approached by the DeVos family to consult on a potential project—RDV Sportsplex, named for Richard DeVos—that they were considering building in Orlando, Florida. After a few visits to the city, I was hired as an operations consultant, and, subsequently, offered the job of director of RDV Sportsplex.

I brought on a partner to help run the club in Michigan and moved my family to Florida. Sixteen months later, I sold the business and committed to developing RDV Sportsplex full-time. We opened the $60-million, 365,000-square-foot facility in 1998.

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11th location for MVP Sports Clubs

It took less than six months for MVP Sports Clubs to turn around its recent acquisition in Orchard Hills, Mich., and open its 11th location.

MVP Sports Clubs, with facilities in Michigan and Florida, had bought the former Orchard Hill Swim & Sports Club in early 2014. 

The new 80,500-square-foot MVP Sports Club features indoor tennis and basketball courts, children's area, pools and more.

Check out more at MVP Sports Clubs newsroom


An MVP decision to rent space for fundraising

When MVP Sports Clubs’ RDV Sportsplex in Orlando came upon some extra space in its parking lot it made a decision that has benefitted many in the community.

The lot had been leased to the Orlando Magic players, but after a new arena was built the fitness club had unused area.

After much consideration RDV decided to allow food trucks to rent space on Fridays from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., and in turn the club donates the rental fees to a local charity. Since April $35,000 has been donated. A different charity benefits each month.

“Our leadership group clearly felt we had an opportunity to help local organizations assist those who need it most, while helping out small business and providing a fun lunch alternative,” said MVP Sports Clubs President Karl Droppers. RDV’s first Food Truck Friday seven months ago opened to large crowds and many of the vendors sold out of their items quickly. “Many of the trucks said they had never seen anything like it."