Tryon coffee shop owner to attempt world record, will donate funds to local schools

Published 12:51 pm Thursday, February 16, 2023

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Tshane Johnson to donate the funds raised to feed Polk County students


TRYON- Timothy Shane “Tshane” Johnson wears many hats; motivational speaker, Marine Corps veteran, world record athlete, author and philanthropist. Soon, he plans on breaking another world record for the most pushups done in one hour, and is donating the funds to Polk County schools.

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Johnson takes much of his inspiration from his eight-year-old daughter, Charli, who makes all the pastries at the coffee shop, helps roast the beans and runs the register during working hours when she’s not in school. It was originally Charli’s idea to start a business, and after she designed a name and logo for the shop, Big Guns Coffee was born.


Charli also told her father that she wanted to do something for her friends and the children in the community.  


“We recently heard on the radio about schools being on a deficit on school lunches and just thought that was horrible,” said Johnson, “So our goal is to pool the community and resources together to make sure that at least [this] 2023 and 2024 school year, all kids K-12 in Polk county will eat free due to our fundraising efforts. Our hope is that this will give our community of parents and children an opportunity to focus on family time and be a little less worried about one thing, if possible.”


Johnson has been a part of many fundraising efforts in the past. He formerly performed a 3,000-mile run to distribute ten thousand hygiene kits to homeless shelters and veterans across the United States, as well as a 1,600-mile run from New York to Florida carrying a 100 lb pack for the Gary Sinise Foundation to provide SMART homes (homes equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer) for disabled Veterans, just to name a few.


Johnson previously held the record for most pushups done in one hour at 3,050, and will attempt to break it again at an upcoming Polk County High School home football game next season to raise money for student lunches.


Johnson is originally from Arcadia, Fla., but now lives in Mill Spring. Due to previous injuries, this will be his final world record attempt.