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How Ex-Baseball Player Was Inspired By Tragedy To Build A Thriving Sports Business

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Jon Paul Reed is the founder of Pure Momentum Sports and a former baseball player. The organization encourages young people to pursue their dreams by fostering confidence, providing athletes with the skills needed to compete at the highest level, and putting each individual athlete on the fast track to success.

Reed played independent pro-ball in the American Association and the Pecos League during his active years, according to his website. Reed comes from an athletic family. One of his uncles was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Reed began playing baseball at the age of two and continued to do so throughout high school and at his alma mater, Florida A&M University.

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“Right after college I actually went to Clearwater for a while. I was down there trying out with the Phillies and things went great,” he recalled in an interview with Click Orlando.

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But tragedy struck when he was 26. He and his friends were hit by a drunk driver, and the accident altered his career path. Reed was left feeling a little depressed, so as part of the healing process, he returned to Mississippi and worked with children to help them develop their talents while he tried to figure out what he wanted to do with his life.

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Pure Momentum Sports was founded as a result of this reflection. Reed has now transitioned into entrepreneurship, and he is part of a growing community of entrepreneurs in Sanford, according to Click Orlando.

“We focus on development and exposure for student-athletes,” the 36-year-old Jackson, Mississippi, native noted.

In 2015, he established Athlete University, a student-athlete resource center for kids after moving from Mississippi.

“AU is our interactive video series where athletes can stop in and learn at there own leisure, browse our many topics and drills and learn step by step how the pros do it. Even submit your personal videos for analysis. Our staff of trained professionals will dissect and analyze your video and explain to you step by step what adjustments you need to make; by taking you into our state-of-the-art lab,” according to Pure Momentum Sports website.

Reed’s journey in the sports world began in the deep south where his mother made sure he learned about his roots. According to him, “I participated in challenge bowls, like African American challenge bowls, like Black History Month, so my mom made it a point to make sure that I knew my history.”

His mother wanted him to be the best he could be despite any expectations and any negative aspects of his background. “She pushed me to do things I didn’t want to do at the time because she wanted me to be able to overcome those things.” “No kid wants to go to the mall and give the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech while dressed up,” he observed!

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