Tweet After an NBA career ending injury Tankard became a dog catcher to make ends meet until his break in music. The gold and platinum producer is also a motivational speaker for the NBA, Pastor, Author, Pilot, and Reality TV Dad for hit show THE TANKARDS. Amazing Story!See Joel Osteen tell the Ben Tankard Story on YouTube or visit: www.bentankardstory.com. He has since become the Godfather of Gospeljazz by selling millions of records and earning multiple Grammy/Stellar/Dove awards and nominations. Contact: Gino Gardner, 615-907-0185 MURFREESBORO, Tenn., May 18, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The nation’s top motivational speaker and pastor, Joel Osteen recently told his 50,000 member Lakewood Church congregation and TV/ Streaming audience of over 20 million viewers, the inspiring story of Ben Tankard.Osteen shared how his friend Tankard grew up in poverty in a drug infested ghetto but was a gifted basketball player and musician early on. His highly anticipated new CD release CANTANKEROUS is riding the charts and available everywhere gospel and jazz music is sold.