Harlem Globetrotter Julian McClurkin Making A Difference With Ohio Youth

6x World Record Holder Inspires Driven Foundation Youth

Julian McClurkin Visits Driven Foundation’s Summer Youth Leadership Program in Columbus, OH

Roy Hall Jr. 
Jul 3, 2024, 9:00 AM ET


It’s not every day that the Driven Foundation gets a visit from a Harlem Globetrotter and 6-time World Record holder! This summer, our Youth Leadership Program at the Reeb Center in Columbus, Ohio, had the incredible opportunity to host Julian “Zeus” McClurkin. Julian’s visit left a lasting impact on our participants, teaching them valuable lessons both on and off the basketball court.

Julian McClurkin, known for his impressive records such as most dunks in a minute (16) and most behind-the-back three-pointers, took the time to engage with our middle school boys, sharing insights on hard work, perseverance, and financial literacy. His message was clear:


“Anything is possible, but you have to put in the work!”


Julian’s journey is a testament to overcoming obstacles. Despite being cut from every basketball team from seventh through tenth grade, he persevered and eventually made his high school team, walked on to North Carolina A&T’s team, and earned degrees in business and marketing. His story of resilience, coupled with his achievements, inspired our youth to chase their dreams relentlessly.

Beyond basketball, Julian spoke about the importance of real estate and money management, drawing from his experience at Vision Realty. With a diverse portfolio in real estate sales, investing, and renovations, Julian continues to excel, bringing the same dedication and excellence to his new endeavors.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Julian McClurkin for investing in our youth and encouraging them to strive for greatness. His words and presence have left a lasting impression on our program participants, motivating them to dream big and work hard.


The Driven Foundation is dedicated to empowering youth through programs that foster leadership, resilience, and community engagement. Our Summer Youth Leadership Program is just one of the many initiatives we offer to help young people develop the skills they need to succeed.