Jeremy Bhandari (born June 19, 1996) is an American author for young adult and middle-grade audiences. His debut project, Trust The Grind, a self-help story involving 16 world-class athletes, reached #1 on Amazon’s Teen and Young Adult Personal Fitness & Exercise Bestseller list.
Born and raised in Ashland, MA, Bhandari’s adoration for sports started at a very young age. According to his Amazon Author Page, Jeremy, at 4-years-old, persistently read the sports section in the Boston Globe while he ate his breakfast before preschool. His favorite sport to follow was baseball. Bhandari would religiously study the statistical leaders across both the AL and NL.
In 2001, when it was time for Bhandari to select his favorite player for the back of his Tee Ball card, he vouched for Alex Rodriguez, who then starred for the Texas Rangers. While Jeremy probably couldn’t locate Texas on a map, he knew that Rodriguez was leading the American League in home runs, making sense as to why he classified him as his frontrunner.
Early life and education
Bhandari was born on June 19, 1996, in Ashland, MA. His mother gave birth to him in her home bedroom.
Jeremy’s earliest memories of storytelling come from when he was in elementary school. He often recalls writing scripts of baseball games in which one team would always make an epic comeback in the final inning. Bhandari’s first in-person sports memory was a 2005 regular season contest between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. In the game, 76ers guard Allen Iverson scored 38 points, recorded nine assists, and registered six steals. Iverson’s epic performance, mixed with the fact that he was one of the smaller guys on the court, made Jeremy realize that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and possess an unwavering belief in your abilities.
He graduated from Ashland High School in 2014 and enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Following graduation, Jeremy began working at ESPN as a Sports Researcher in July 2018. At ESPN, Bhandari created original content that was used on Sports Center, The Paul Finebaum Show, SEC NOW, and other studio productions. He left in February 2020 to pursue a storytelling career.
In 2019, Bhandari signed a literary contract with Mango Publishing. He released his debut project, Trust The Grind, in April 2020.
Trust The Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top
Trust The Grind includes one-on-one interviews with Chipper Jones, Jason Kidd, Mike Modano, Terrell Owens, Georges St-Pierre, Gary Player, Ryan Lochte, Ryan Sheckler, Paige VanZant, Deena Kastor, Manny Pacquiao, Jimmie Johnson, Devin Hester, Andruw Jones, Luis Gonzalez, and Tim Hudson.
The book outlines productive tendencies that helped the athletes reach the pinnacle of their profession. Habits discussed include setting goals, developing self-confidence, staying active, and making sacrifices, among others. Trust The Grind was most notably endorsed via social media by Jason Kidd, whose section in the book is centered around self-discipline.
Following the success of Trust The Grind, Bhandari announced that he would be releasing a fiction book in 2021.
Following resignation from ESPNs SEC Network, located in Charlotte, NC, Bhandari moved back to the Greater Boston Area. He is a massive hip-hop fan, and enjoys listening to Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Andre 3000, Jay-Z, and Nas.