WVU guard Harler & childhood friend Bibey launch 'Built Different'
Former WVU guard & Wheeling native Chase Harler intends to pursue a professional basketball career overseas. But until then, and during the time in between, he is putting his WVU business degree to use.
Harler & his childhood friend & teammate at Wheeling Central Catholic, Boyd Bibey, have launched a basketball skills development business based in Wheeling. The duo leads individual, group, and team basketball training sessions.
"The one thing we want to do is have a positive impact, whether its mentally or physically. If they are getting better at basketball, obviously that is our goal but we want to just develop young people as a whole," Bibey said. "In doing that, we believe we could lift up basketball around here and we can make basketball around here better."
As part of their business, they are also launching a podcast called "Think Different" which will feature different athletes and mental health experts and focus on the mental side of the game.
The business plan did not happen overnight. Bibey, a former player at Concordia, has been conducting training sessions over the past year while he pursued his exercise psychology degree from WVU. Before basketball season, Harler would return to Wheeling over the weekend and help out.
"In the back of our mind, we knew we were building our brand at that time," Harler said.
As for the name 'Built Different,' that has been the duo's motto since they can remember.
"We really believed in pushing ourselves and we saw the results that came from that," Bibey said. "In tough times, he's struggling, I'm struggling, any time like that its like 'hey you're built different' because of that work that we put it in that gives everyone confidence to understand that we can get through something because we are willing to go the extra mile."