Project Walk exists to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through intense activity-based spinal cord injury recovery programs, education, support and encouragement.
Bringing Project Walk Home to Claremont
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 The 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. The TCC trainers were then taught the Dardzinski method at a world-renown SCI facility called Project Walk in Carlsbad, California, where they officially became Recovery Specialists.
It was a dream come true for Hal. 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 5500 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 families, 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.
Bringing Project Walk "home" to Claremont is what we need in our community. Hal personally would like to thank the operators of the facility, Mike Alpert, CEO, and Denise Johnson, Wellness Director, in addition to the supporting SCI Specialists and the entire Claremont Club Staff for allowing Hal to continue his mission.
With the help of Hal’s support structure, the Be Perfect Foundation, in conjunction with Project Walk, will be able to continue to “Pay It Forward” for years to come.