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What is the Be Perfect Foundation?

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. The Foundation offers scholarships for activity-based therapy at Project Walk to qualified recipients. Our non-profit also provides funds to those needing wheelchairs, adapting cars, as well as covering unpaid medical bills to those who cannot afford to pay their deductibles and general daily medical necessities.  

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 studio 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 more trainers. The TCC trainers where then taught the Dardzinski method at a world renown SCI facility called Project Walk in Carlsbad, California where they officially became Exercise Specialists.

It was a dream come true for Hal. Mike offered to expand the SCI studio from 800 square feet into a larger space on the campus of the Claremont Club, which is now Project Walk Claremont. Hal Hargrave Jr. and his family 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.

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 Specialist along with the entire Claremont Club Staff for allowing Hal to continue his mission.

With the help of Hal’s support structure and it’s supportive donors the Be Perfect Foundation in conjunction with Project Walk will be able to continue to “Pay It Forward” for years to come.