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The Claremont Club

Inspiring a Community of Healthy Living

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Tracy SteppTracy Stepp

As The Claremont Club's Director of Human Possibilities, I am proud and honored to be a small part of the life-changing events that are happening everyday at The Claremont Club. In addition to myself, our staff will tell you that there isn't anything more powerful than being part of such purposeful and meaningful work.

My journey with the club began in June of 1986. At that time, we were known as Claremont Tennis Club, one of Southern California's finest health, fitness, tennis, aquatic, wellness and social clubs located on 19 beautiful acres in Claremont, California. In August of 1997, the club's Founder, Stan Clark, hired Mike Alpert to serve as the club's President/CEO. I remember having conversations with Mike early on about the medical industry and why our industries should be working together, instead of so independently.

We began serving less fortunate populations in our community, specifically those struggling with chronic injuries and illnesses. We were giving them hope, acceptance, possibilities and a renewed outlook on life. All of this resonated with our staff, and it became an important part of what we do every day. It gave us purpose.

Most of us didn't know what the coming years would bring. Now, twenty years later, the club is being recognized in our industry for leading important change: Exercise is Medicine. We believe that clubs like ours have the ability to improve and save lives, and we are proving it.

For the past eleven years, we have demonstrated that exercise has had a profound effect on people struggling with Spinal Cord Injuries and other neuromuscular illnesses, including Multiple Sclerosis', Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's, Stroke, ALS, PLS and Traumatic Brain Injury through their activity-based therapy in Project Walk. We opened the first Project Walk franchise in the world in February, 2013 with 17 full-time SCI clients. Today, we have over 90 clients and continue to grow. The club has also had tremendous success with our Living Well after Cancer Program and Pediatric and Young Adult programs, helping improve individual's overall health, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, for over 800 cancer patients and their families.

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