In their commitment to physical fitness, positive mental health, and the social-emotional development of youth, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and DOE Chancellor David Banks, lifelong Mets fans, have partnered with Planet Fitness to create the program High School Summer Pass, which provides New York City teens ages 14-19 free access to Planet Fitness clubs through August 31 in each of the five boroughs.
Those interested in joining can sign up at PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass. Teens under 18 must register with a parent or guardian online or in-club. Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks promoted High School Summer Pass with 15 students from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn last Thursday.
“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 Mayor Adams. “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.”
With many parents and youth unable to afford the cost of a health club membership for teenagers seeking to maintain and improve their health and wellness, High School Summer Pass offers a first-time experience for a plethora of the city’s youngsters.
“The health and wellbeing of our students goes beyond the classroom, lunchroom, and school gymnasium,” said Chancellor 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.”
James Innocenti, chief operating officer of PF Supreme LLC, a Planet Fitness franchise, noted the program can be a foundational beginning for youth’s long-term commitment to their physical well-being.“By encouraging teens to start working out now, they can start to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”