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A Special Synergy: IHRSA and Waverley Oaks

It’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins

Waverley Oaks' new deluxe lobbyHow can you tell the story of the Waverley Oaks Athletic Club without mentioning IHRSA?

The short answer is … you can’t.

Waverley Oaks has been connected to the association since its very beginning … and vice versa. The two are linked not only by their respective histories, but also by their successes and mutual dedication to fitness as a way of life.

The story begins in 1979 when Duffy Properties, a family-owned and operated real estate development and management firm, opened the Waverley Oaks Racquetball Club, a 14-court facility built at the company’s sprawling complex in Waltham, Massachusetts. The club’s goal: to help improve the health of the company’s own employees and the residents of neighboring communities.

When IHRSA was established in 1982, the club was one of the first to join the association, and membership yielded immediate benefits. John McCarthy, IHRSA’s first executive director, and his staff provided the fledgling business with a wealth of industry knowledge and best practices from the start—even helping to recruit its first official general manager. Read the full article.

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