Photo: Michael Appleton/NYC Mayoral Office
New York City promotes Summer Pass Program for high school students (High School Summer Pass), precisely this week when most campuses prepare for the holidays.
Now, New York teenagers from 14 to 19 years old are invited to stay physically active, with free access to the chain of gyms PlanetFitnesswhich has 41 locations, in all five boroughs.
The free ‘pass’ will be until next August 31.
Mayor Eric Adams and the Chancellor of Schools, David C. Banks, accompanied 15 student athletes at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn on Thursday to promote this summer plan among students in the Big Apple.
“It is important to offer activities to our youth to keep them busy and out of danger”, said the municipal manager.
In this sense, Banks stressed that the key to the program is to offer “Health & Wellness”.
In addition, the participants of the ‘Summer Pass’ program have access to 15 Trainer-Led Workout Videos and 10 exclusive downloadable exercises for teens of all fitness levels.
Beyond the exercises, other advice alternatives are offered for a healthy diet. Parents and guardians will be able to download a free digital copy of the cookbook Family Table by Robert Irvine after students enroll.
All participants in this program will also automatically enter a raffle promoted by Planet Fitness throughout the country, where one winner from each state will receive a $500 scholarship to be used for educational programs. And a grand prize $5,000 at the end of the summer.
“By encouraging teens to start exercising now, they can start building healthy habits that will last a lifetime,” he said. James Innocenti, CEO of PF Supreme LLC, a franchise of that chain.
“The pandemic has reminded us of the importance of exercise to improve physical and mental health, and we hope that a large majority of adolescents will take advantage of this program as an opportunity to stay active, in an environment where everyone feels welcome”, he highlighted.
500 social workers
Likewise, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) in these hot days is prioritizing the physical and mental well-being of students, during several weeks that are usually leisure, by making available to a network of 500 members of social workers and counselors in schools. In addition, investment is being made in a significant expansion of the Public Schools Sports League (PSAL), which will provide schools with more than 200 new sports teams in all five boroughs.
How to sign up?
Teens can sign up and learn more about the program at PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass. Teens under the age of 18 must enroll with a parent or guardian online or directly at a gym facility.