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CROWDRISE : Jun 09, 2014
Tax ID: 52-1698505
BASED: Kensington, MD, United States



SPIRIT is an acronym for Social, Physical, Interactive, Respectful, Inclusive & Teamwork. The mission of the SPIRIT CLUB is to create opportunities for people with physical & developmental disabilities to learn to maintain and appreciate a healthy and active lifestyle. The SPIRIT CLUB partners with the Jubilee Association in order to provide scholarships to our low income clients who are so passionate about participating in our programs!

The SPIRIT CLUB was developed in order to empower people with disabilities through professional guidance and encouragment to enable them to improve their health & independence. Our ultimate goal is to enrich the lives of our clients by providing them with programming that taps in their physical, social and emotional needs. We see our clients as people with "special abilities", and we focus on making every interaction with them one that encourages them to appreciate their abilities, not their disabilities. Everyone goes through challenges and obstacles in life - the SPIRIT CLUB is here to help our clients improve themselves in every possible way to overcome these challenges and live healthy and happy lives.

The SPIRIT CLUB was created by Jared Ciner in 2012. At the time, Ciner was working as a Support Counselor for people with developmental disabilities, and as a Personal Trainer. He quickly realized both the need, and the lack of opportunities for people with disabilities to exercise in a high-quality, socially interactive setting. Ciner joined forces with Sam Smith, a marathon runner who has Asperger's syndrome; Parkour expert and support counselor, Justin Frevert; and veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, Elli Charles to develop the SPIRIT CLUB, a unique fitness organization that provides its clients with multifaceted exercise instruction, nutritional guidance and social-leadership opportunities. All instructors are both certified personal trainers (some of whom have special abillities) and certified in Behavioral Principles & Strategies through the DDA.

After one year of operation, the SPIRIT CLUB has grown from 6 clients to over 100! We recently opened our own, brand new SPIRIT CLUB studio that will be used for our programming (see pics!). Many of our clients are able to participate due to the scholarship money that we raise. Every dollar raised on this site will be supporting our low income clients! Please help them by supporting Sam Smith's commitment to run his 5th full marathon, the New York Marathon! 

Tax ID: 52-1698505 •


Spirit Club Scholarships - Fitness for people with disabilities of low income!

Spirit Club Scholarships - F…

Amount Raised:



4% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Support SAM & the SPIRIT CLUB

Support SAM & the SPIRIT CLUB

Amount Raised:



32% Raised of $10,000 Goal