MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — After one man started leaving basketballs around his hometown to keep kids active during the pandemic, the same man has opened a gym to provide a safe space for athletes of all ages.
"I think that having this here allows the players and parents to have something to consistently go to and still feel like a human,” Rodney Hunter, owner of B2E Sports, said. "I’m a firm believer that if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there."
This gym is actually Hunter's second gym he has opened, but this one is special since it is in his hometown.
He said many young people in Middletown haven't had the opportunity to be active since the pandemic hit, but he hopes that his new gym will change that.
“I always had basketball as an outlet or something that could direct me in the right path,” he said. “I wanted to provide that same opportunity to people – and not only kids in that predicament, but everyone, of course.”
August 1 is the official grand opening, but because of COVID-19, Hunter will only be taking pre-registration for training. Starting on Sept. 2, the gym doors will be open for in-person training.