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Brooklyn Boulders

Building Community One Climb at a Time

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  • Lance Pinn, Co-Founder and President of Brooklyn Boulders
  • Brooklyn Boulders in the Old Daily News Garage
  • Climbing Room at Brooklyn Boulders Gowanus
  • Brooklyn Boulders Somerville
  • Climbing Room at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville
  • Workout Mezzanine at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville
  • Co-Working Space at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville
  • Multi-Use Area at Brooklyn Boulders Chicago
  • Climbing Walls at Brooklyn Boulders Chicago
  • Check-in Area at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge
  • A Climbing Wall at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

It's a sport that has been around for years, and in 2020, it will make its debut in the Olympic Games, to be held in Tokyo. Coinciding with the sport's growth, facilities dedicated to the discipline are entering the mainstream instead of being relegated to empty, unused corners of multipurpose clubs. Among the leaders in this segment is this month's Club Insider Cover Story Subject, Brooklyn Boulders.

"Brooklyn is where it all began in 2009, when we opened our doors in the old Daily News Garage. To us, Brooklyn is more than just a city; it's a state of mind. It's about the creative clash of cultures that creates a diverse community, filled with passion and the drive to make things happen."

Those words appear on the website of Brooklyn Boulders (BKB), and they perfectly sum up the mantra that drives Jeremy Balboni, Co-Founder and CEO, and Lance Pinn, Co-Founder and President, of BKB. For them, it is more than providing a box with walls to climb. Of course, that exists and drives business, but BKB is much more than that with their innovative co-working spaces, cross-utilized event spaces, extensive youth programs and meaningful community outreach with the BKB Foundation.

Currently, with four locations in New York (2), Boston and Chicago, as well as multiple new locations on the horizon, BKB is at the forefront of this growing sport. But, beyond that, they are building community one climb at a time!

I welcome you to read on as we interview BKB Founders, Jeremy Balboni and Lance Pinn.

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