It is the mission of the John Wareing Foundation to provide an encouraging atmosphere and mentorship for young people seeking a healthier physical and mental well-being, regardless of athletic ability or economic status. The Hampton Roads area has been a resourceful environment for generations of the Wareing Family. Through the John Wareing Foundation, we now have a platform to share our knowledge of health and fitness with the people of this community. Our aim is to implement a physical culture that values character and self-growth to help less advantaged individuals achieve success in life.
From the many years of operating the oldest gym in America, we have become experts on the benefits of exercise and utilizing a physical culture as a tool to improve not just the mind and body, but as a way to improve one’s self-esteem. We have learned in over sixty years in this business that nothing develops lasting confidence in a person more than self-accomplishment. Our program is based on sound techniques that develop strength and improve body movement. There are no magic pills or shortcuts- results must be earned and in our experience, these results are life-changing.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve stepped outside of our physical walls and have begun a program of doing speaking engagements at local schools to spread our message to the youth of our city. Through these community outreach ventures, we’ve had the fortune to meet countless young people who need and deserve an opportunity to reach their potential- young people who have the potential to improve, but may not have the financial ability needed to supplement such a program.
It is our firm belief that one’s ability to pay should not be the limiting factor when considering someone’s personal growth. These young people deserve the opportunity to be a part of the future of this community and we are committed to help them reach their potential, not just for today, but for years to come.
The commitment of the John Wareing Foundation may take the form of a grant or scholarship to a young person to help them achieve a goal of self-accomplishment or a community event to encourage our youth and to provide the tools to help them develop the mind and body and achieve success. It is our hope that John Wareing’s legacy of improving the health and fitness of our youth will live on.