New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Department of Education Schools Chancellor David C. Banks joined 15 student athletes from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn and Planet Fitness to promote the High School Summer Pass program available to New York teenagers.
NYC teens ages 14-19 are invited and encouraged to stay active this summer by utilizing free access to Planet Fitness clubs across all five NYC boroughs until August 31.
“As teenagers gear up for the summer, it is important to provide activities and recreation to keep them busy and out of harm’s way,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams during the announcement June 23. “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Planet Fitness, which will allow our young New Yorkers to focus on their physical and mental health in a judgment-free space, free of charge.”
The High School Summer Pass gives teenagers zero-cost access to Planet fitness facilities where they can prioritize their mental and physical health during the summer, when many students have little to no access to sports programming, gym classes and fitness activities.
“The health and wellbeing of our students goes beyond the classroom, lunchroom, and school gymnasium,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “It’s important that we provide our students with tools and opportunities to make healthy choices and to build a healthier lifestyle no matter how much your family makes — and the High School Summer Pass initiative does just that. Thank you to Planet Fitness for giving our teenagers a free, safe environment to practice and build life-long healthy habits this summer.”
In addition to the Planet Fitness access, participating students have access to 15 trainer-led workshop videos and 10 downloadable workouts exclusively for teens.
“By encouraging teens to start working out now, they can start to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime,” said James Innocenti, Chief Operating Officer of PF Supreme LLC, a Planet Fitness franchise. “The pandemic really served as a reminder of the importance of exercise for improved physical and mental health and we hope as many teens as possible use this program as an opportunity to get active in an environment that welcomes all.”
All participants will also automatically be enrolled in the The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Sweepstakes. Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in each state (and the District of Columbia) and one grand prize $5,000 scholarship at the end of the summer.
“Kids should be given affordable opportunities to stay active and occupied during their summer breaks and this is just what High School Summer Pass at Planet Fitness is bringing to our communities,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “Thank you to Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks on this partnership.”