Ben Boulware: BUILDING a culture and community

Show Notes:

  • Proper name of gym is The Junkyard not Junkyard Fitness; only used the word fitness because it was least expensive for website rights and social media
  • Co-founding The Junkyard with Marcus Brown and name came from former Clemson football teammate Dorian O’Daniel
  • His time at Clemson prepared him for this next chapter in his life as an entrepreneur because of his time with Coach Brent Venables who Ben believes is one of the greatest leaders that he’s been around
  • Started the gym in January 2018 and at the beginning and for the first four months they were conducting free classes until they officially opened on June 4th, 2018 in Anderson, SC
  • Culture and community is different at The Junkyard and that has been Ben’s goal is to build that type of community through relationships
  • His dad raced motocross and that was the plan for him growing up as the family would travel so he and his brother Garrett could race
  • Broke his arm which got infected and that ultimately ended his racing career as a young kid and transitioned to football and baseball
  • Signed with Clemson University to play football and immediately noticed that talent and the preparation are the two key differentiators from high school to college
  • Coach Venables pushed him harder than any other player to the point that during his Sophomore year he decided to quit but Coach Venables convinced him to stay
  • Even though he believes that Coach Venables broke him down because he knew he could handle it, Ben feels that he responds best with positive motivation and praise
  • He was pissed that he didn’t get drafted but then after being released by the 49’ers, he didn’t even try hard and was purposefully not trying so teams wouldn’t want to sign him
  • Sports has made him who he is today, taught him how to be a leader and taught him how to work

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About the author, Richmond Weaver

Richmond, a graduate of Clemson University has been involved with sports for most of his life and developed a passion for basketball and sports at an early age. He currently lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Karen, founder of Upstate Esthetics and their three kids.

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