This new application aims to be sporty Airbnb

Casey Turjek Sports source A new iOS-only app that aims to connect athletes, coaches and more. gymnasiums and sports facilities came to mind. He was at home in Portland. He was on the bed. And he was crying.

Trujeque, a former Division I athlete at Montana State University and a trainer (who was also trained by trailblazer Allen Crabbe), was at a crossroads. Her late Jim was not doing very well. It always seemed to require maintenance, and Trujeque admits he didn’t know the details of running a physical gym as he expected. “I was naive,” he says.

“I was a well-known trainer so the clients came in and thought the business was going well. I own this gym and the number will increase. And running in the physical store is a variety of hats. I quickly realized that it was very different from training because I had to wear a hat, ”explains Trujeque.

So Jim didn’t work as he planned. Then, one fateful day in January 2019, he noticed he was crying in his bed and asked his sister for advice on what to do about it. and conferences. Unfortunately, the sports facility did not fit perfectly into the spirit of the peer space.

“At that point, I was very angry. [I was like,] “It’s not what I want. I need something that targets viewers with access to parents, coaches, coaches, and athletes. Where can I get it? “And at that point, I said,” That’s it. Just create it. “

Two years later, SportSource, co-founded by Trujeque with COO Molly Kline, is finally here. Its mission is to provide access and convenience to the rental of gyms and public or private sports facilities. By allowing facility owners and operators to host their space (courts, fields, swimming pools, backyards, garages, etc.) through the SportSource app, users can rent spaces in their area and type of activity. And can be filtered by size.

As a professional trainer, Trujeque says finding a gym across the street can be a grueling experience and is often driven by word of mouth rather than reliable search engine results.

“It was basically such an outdated way of doing things. I felt like I was living in a whole different time, like renting sports and gyms. said Trujeque. “As in today’s world, you can do it all with just one click. You can rent a house, you can rent a car, have food delivered to you. You can do everything else except find rental accommodation and play sports. “

After a beta test phase with 25 places in the Portland area, SportSource plans to expand its international deployment. Trujeque says the pandemic has given more people a priority on mental health and exercise. The larger, more recognizable gymnasium was no longer a gathering place for people, but instead, “the athletes were training on the backyard basketball court. It was the garden pool. It was the garage. I think the pandemic has replaced sports sources. Because people are now much more open to different training methods and different ways of playing. “

A lot has happened in the past two years after Trujeque lost Jim. Not only did the pandemic slow down SportSource’s first timeline, Trujeque returned to his hometown of Los Angeles to work for Equinox, where he got his first job as a teenager. This time he applied for a floor manager. The time he spent there was treated as “less than” and sowed the philosophical service behind the sports source.

“I remember going to the interview. The hiring manager said, “Why are you doing this? “And I was in a place where I didn’t want to be known for what I did or achieved. I just wanted to serve people, ”says Trujeque. “The next time I did something, I thought it would be from scratch. There is a bottom-up approach. “

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