TU safety is a summertime entrepreneur
Football player Sam Gottsch and his sister, Frances, started the shaved ice biz Sam Frances Co. as high schoolers.
What do shaved ice and football have in common? Both are of prime interest to University of Tulsa football player Sam Gottsch.
Gottsch and his sister, Frances, started a shaved ice business when both were in high school and have leveraged it into a profitable entity, Sam Frances Co.
“Besides having the names of both siblings, if you say it fast enough, it has a kind of Bay Area ring, as in ‘San Francisco,’” Gottsch says.
The shaved ice stand, off West Olympia Avenue in Tulsa Hills, bustles in the summer heat. A mobile shack visits Guthrie Green and other locations.
Gottsch is looking forward to his final season as a safety with the TU football team. Although he recently graduated with a degree in media studies, he redshirted his freshman year, leaving him one more year of eligibility.
Meanwhile, he gives ample credit to his parents, Mike and Liz Gottsch, for their assistance in the shaved ice business. “It has really been a family affair. Our parents are always there to help out, and they have put a lot of hard work in the business, as well,” he says.