It’s not every day that a Maryland-made product gets its claim to fame on national television.
Back in 2010, Steve McLaughlin was attending his son’s basketball practice, watching with a mixture of laughter and concern as the team slid across the court in their brand new basketball shoes. The slippery surface sparked McLaughlin’s creativity, and now seven years later, his solution is set to be featured on Steve Harvey’s new reality series, FUNDERDOME.
“It was like something out of comedy show – as the team would change direction, all the players would wipe out,” McLaughlin said. “The boys couldn’t play well and with the potential for injury with falls like that, I knew we had to find a way to get better traction on the court.”
McLaughlin – a Harford County native and current resident of York, PA – has always had a knack for fabricating solutions to everyday problems; even as a child, McLaughlin would repair his own sports equipment. After that disastrous basketball practice, he and his son Seth spent the following weeks tinkering with ways to get improved, sustainable traction on the court. From there, Court Grabbers was born.