The Longfellow Health Clubs are locally owned and operated by Laury Hammel and Myke Farricker who have been working together since 1978. In 1980 they incorporated as a business and purchased what is now known as the Longfellow Tennis and Health Club in Wayland, MA.
Laury and Myke have been innovators in the health club industry and were founding members of the International Health and Racquet Association (IHRSA). In 1980 they created a purpose statement for Longfellow that included making the world a better place–which at the time was quite rare. Laury and Myke love coming to work every day and are thoroughly immersed in bringing health to everyone in our community. They welcome your thoughts and comments and can be reached at lhammel@longfellowhealthclubs.
Laury was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. His parents Lee and Ruby Hammel managed the iconic Salt Lake Tennis Club in the 50’s and 60’s that was founded in 1912. Both Lee and Ruby were accomplished tennis players and highly respected tennis professionals. Both were elected into the Utah Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 2000, the Lee and Ruby Hammel Family were chosen to be the National USTA Tennis Family of the Year!
Laury played at the University of Utah tennis team. He was a highly ranked tennis player as a junior, open player, and now senior player, having won over ten #1 New England rankings in every division from the 45’s to the 65’s.
Laury has been coaching nationally ranked junior tennis players since 1972. He has personally taught more New England #1 ranked tennis players than any coach in New England. Laury has been a leader and public speaker about tennis, management, local business, and health in numerous organizations and conferences.
In 1977, Laury founded the Handi-Racket Tennis Program which is the nation’s longest running tennis program for children and adults with special needs. Laury also served for five years on a pro bono basis as the Executive Director of the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, an inner-city tennis club teaching young people tennis and life skills.
In 1988, Laury founded the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts Boston (SBN). In 1991 he co-founded the national business group, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). In 2001, he co-founded the national organization the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
Laury currently serves as the Executive Director of SBN and he was instrumental in guiding SBN to develop the most successful green certification program for independent businesses. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). He co-authored the book Growing Local Value, which dives deep into case studies of how small businesses can make a big difference in our communities and our world.
Laury has five children who all grew up and worked at Longfellow. You might see him in the pool or playing tennis with one of his six grandchildren.
Myke Farricker has been the business partner and co-owner of the Longfellow Health Clubs with Laury Hammel since 1980. Myke and Laury first started working together at the Mount Auburn Tennis Center in 1978, where Myke began his tennis and fitness career by working his way up from the front desk to become a top certified tennis professional and a certified squash professional. When Myke and Laury purchased Longfellow, he became the manager of the Longfellow Tennis Club in Wayland, and is currently the General Manager of the three Longfellow Health Clubs in Wayland and Natick, MA.
Myke has been responsible for the installation and removal of Longfellow’s air structures since 1981. As a result he is an expert on the proper maintenance of Longfellow’s unique and important air structures. Myke also has been the construction director of all of the numerous construction projects that Longfellow has taken on over the past thirty-seven years.
Myke has been the Official Referee of the USTA National Boy’s 16 Championships at Longfellow for 37 years. He and his wife Carol are avid dancers and he has managed and participated in Longfellow’s highly popular Dance Program. Myke and his daughter Zoe have successfully competed in dance competitions in NE and nationally.
Since 2001 Myke has been the co-chair of the Positive Spin for ALS, now known as the Ride to Defeat ALS, to honor his brother Pete, who passed away from ALS in 2001 at the age of 45. The bike ride raises funds for patient care and research, and has raised close to $2 million in the 17 years of its operation.
From L-R, Paul Tamburello, founder of the Positive Spin for ALS bike ride; Myke Farricker; Lynne Aaronson, Exec. Dir., Mass Chapter, ALS Assoc.; and Phil Adams, representative of the Farricker/Pufahl Foundation, donating $10,000 in memory of Myke's brother Pete