In 2013, Jared Ciner founded SPIRIT Club, a for-profit gym that offers a universal design for fitness that empowers people of all abilities to exercise successfully in a socially integrated setting.
Two years later, Jared teamed up with Steve Allen to launch Spirit Club Foundation, a non-profit that provides financial assistance so that people with disabilities can access programs to achieve their fitness goals.
Steve served as the founding executive director and, under his five-year tenure,
Spirit Club Foundation:
provided more than 750 scholarships
provided financial assistance with transportation to and from gyms
funded training and certifications for health and fitness professionals
awarded the achievements of athletes and those who support them
provided technology grants to help people connect to virtual fitness during the COVID-19 pandemic
Bethany Keener became the executive director when Steve retired in the fall of 2020.