Project Walk – Claremont is unlike any other Project Walk location in the world. Clients who attend the Claremont location also have access to The Claremont Club, a world class, multi-use athletic, aquatic, tennis, and social facility located on 18 acres. This partnership is in thanks to the collaborative effort of the Be Perfect Foundation and The Claremont Club as they are committed to provide respect, acceptance, hope and possibilities to SCI clients and their families.
The Be Perfect Foundation is a grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2007 by Hal Hargrave Jr. Hal created the Be Perfect Foundation just a few months after he suffered a life altering automobile accident, which left him paralyzed from the neck down.
The Foundation was set up when Hal realized the short falls and the limitations insurance companies were putting on some of his spinal cord injured friends and decided that he needed to help them along in their recovery. It was just a few months after his injury that Mike Alpert, CEO of the Claremont Club, came to visit Hal in the hospital and offered to convert one of Claremont Club’s racquetball courts into a small adapted gym so Hal could work out.
Once the word got out, Hal, who was still recovering from his own spinal cord injury, invited over 25 injured people all needing the same type of therapy to join him at the Club. It didn’t end there as Hal and Mike discovered that there was a need to offer more client hours and add trainers. Mike offered to expand his small gym from 900 square feet into a larger space on the campus of the Claremont Club which is now Project Walk – Claremont. Hal Hargrave Jr. purchased the Project Walk franchise and it is the first of its kind.
This new modern center has 3000 square feet and the capacity to treat up to 75 clients. The hope is to offer our clients a wellness environment for themselves and their family as the entire Claremont Club facility will be made available to them. Hal and Mike believe that treating the mind as well as the soul is key and want to offer hope to those who have been home bound.