Meet Our Nomination Winners!

Congratulations to CJ Lyons for being chosen as the winner of our 2022 Young Entrepreneur Nomination!

I’m 36 years old and the owner of CrossFit Indiana.  I’m from Saegertown, PA where I was raised.  Upon graduation, I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I received my bachelors degree in music education in 2009 and my masters degree in music education in 2016.  After graduating from IUP, I was a teacher for 11 years.  I’ve taught all levels of music from Kindergarten to 12th grade, as well as staff for the IUP marching band as drumline instructor.  I left teaching in January 2022 to open my own CrossFit affiliate.  I began my CrossFit journey in 2015 in Ebensburg, PA where my wife and I had relocated for work.  I joined because of my interest in fitness and my desire to find a group of people to have a common activity to be involved in.  When my wife and I relocated to Indiana, PA in 2016 I joined a facility to mainly build relationships in our new community.  Little did I know that my hobby would turn into more than that.  I quickly found enjoyment in CrossFit and pursued small certifications such as my online judges course to test the waters and see what CrossFit was all about.  I had considered getting my Level 1 CrossFit certification shortly after, but found that finances kept me from doing that.  When I left teaching in 2022 and decided that I was going to open my own affiliate, I was forced to get certified, which led me to where I’m at today.  I’m currently the owner and coach at CrossFit Indiana.  I currently live in Indiana, PA with my wife Leah and two boys Matthew and Elliot.

I’m unbelievably humbled and honored to win the Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship.  I can’t believe that not only have I been nominated, but #2, that I could be selected as the recipient for 2022!  Being a young entrepreneur has been a challenging, yet rewarding experience and I can’t wait to see what this experience can do for us personally and our business.  CrossFit Indiana has one mission, and that is to create an inclusive space where every member feels empowered to pursue their health and fitness goals in a supportive environment.  Only 6 months strong, we’re seeing the impacts on our community already!

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