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United PF Partners Celebrates Grand Opening with Donation to Educated Athletes First

On July 10, United PF Partners celebrated the grand opening of its new Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, location. About 100 guests showed their support and excitement for the new club. Many special guests attended the event, including the Scottdale Chamber of Commerce, UPF Pittsburgh club managers, and representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Educated Athletes First (EAF). 

The grand-opening celebration consisted of a ribbon cutting, food and drinks from Panera Bread and a cake cutting. In addition to a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, United PF also gave money to Educated Athletes First. Cofounded by Cincinnati Bengals player Demetrious Cox, EAF helps prepare young athletes for the future on and off the playing field. The organization prepares students for academic success, offers free workouts and provides many other opportunities for success. “We felt EAF’s values and mission align with our guiding principles at Planet Fitness® and support our local youth in vital ways,” said District Manager Andrew Tatich. 

Cox attended the event to accept a $2,500 check from United PF. Members of the Mt. Pleasant community were thrilled about his attendance, which brought many people to the new club. “He is an influential role model in our town, and we were really proud to have him present for the official opening,” Tatich said. “I think this started a meaningful relationship with the community and the mission of EAF in Mount Pleasant.” 

United PF is looking forward to working with EAF more closely in the future and is excited to give the Mount Pleasant community a new place to work out. “We focus on creating a space where everyone in the community can be the best version of themselves while feeling accepted and respected,” said Gary Williams, regional director. “We are happy to continue our partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Laurel County and excited to begin this new relationship with Educated Athletes First, whose values truly align with our initiatives here at Planet Fitness Mt. Pleasant.” 

Asbell Planet Services Donates Equipment and Awards Scholarship in Support of Local High School

From May 15 to Sept.1, Planet Fitness® clubs across the United States and Canada opened their doors to high school teenagers to work out for free at their local club. In its inaugural year, the Teen Summer Challenge saw more than 900,000 kids sign up for the program and complete over 5 million workouts. In Virginia alone, more than 19,000 teens completed over 102,000 workouts this summer. All teens who signed up for the Teen Summer Challenge were automatically entered into Planet Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstakes. In the United States, 51 lucky teens across all 50 states were randomly selected to receive a $500 scholarship.

Asbell Planet Services, which operates clubs in central and southwest Virginia, was excited to learn that one of the scholarship recipients was a teen in their community, James M. “We are excited to present James M. with a scholarship on behalf of Planet Fitness and the Teen Summer Challenge,” said Bill Asbell, franchisee with Asbell Planet Fitness. “The Teen Summer Challenge surpassed our expectations, and we’re pleased that so many teens incorporated fitness into their routines. Some were even rewarded for it with a scholarship! We’re so thrilled that Planet Fitness could play a small part in helping teens develop healthy habits and increase their self-esteem through physical activity.” 

James M. attends Dinwiddie High School, where Asbell recently donated its used equipment for the school’s students and athletes to utilize. “The equipment has been a great addition to our school,” said Jennifer Wegman with Dinwiddie High School’s physical education department. “It’s all about our students and finding different ways to meet their individual needs. This equipment helps us teach skills to lead a healthy lifestyle and brings more learning opportunities, not only for this school year, but for many years to come. Thank you, Bill Asbell and Planet Fitness! We are very excited and grateful!”

PF Michigan Group Celebrates Reopening of Farmington Hills Club

In June, PF Michigan Group reopened its Farmington Hills location after spending about a month on renovations. This completed the second part of a two-phase remodel that began last year in the Black Card ® area. The modernized and upgraded location has new wall coverings, tile walkways and renovated locker rooms. The front desk and break room were also refurbished. 

“We wanted this location to be in sync with all of our new locations,” says Art Nichols, director of facilities and construction at PF Michigan Group. “It starts with the recommendation from PFHQ on what needs to be updated, and we add to that the enhancements we are doing in our other new facilities.” 

The Farmington Hills club hosted a grand reopening event to showcase the new facility. Several hundred people attended, including club members, friends and members of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was co-hosted by popular morning radio host MOJO of iHeart Radio Channel 955, who posed for photos and mingled with guests. Several exciting prizes were raffled during the event, including an Apple Watch, Khalid concert tickets and a one-year Black Card® Membership. 

PF Michigan Group kept its tradition of presenting a $1,000 check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. “We like to use these events to highlight our philanthropic partnership and promote the Boys & Girls Clubs’ dedication to combatting bullying that impacts today’s youth,” said Mary Scott, director of marketing for PF Michigan Group. “It is such a good opportunity to spread our judgement-free philosophy for all generations.” 

Sub sandwiches, pizza and special Planet Fitness® cupcakes were served at the reopening. The club offered a special promotion encouraging new customers to join at discounted rates. “Our current members were very anxious for us to reopen, and the feedback on the remodel has been overwhelmingly positive,” Scott said.