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2018-08-08 / Front Page

Planet Fitness builds ‘Judgement Free Zone’ at two Boys & Girls Club locations

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ Reporter


Planet Fitness staff members were on hand Aug. 1 to introduce Boys & Girls Club members to the new “Judgement Free Zone” fitness centers at the Lancaster-Depew and Northtowns locations. 
Photo by Kathleen Kramer Planet Fitness staff members were on hand Aug. 1 to introduce Boys & Girls Club members to the new “Judgement Free Zone” fitness centers at the Lancaster-Depew and Northtowns locations. Photo by Kathleen Kramer Staff members from the Cheektowaga and Tonawanda Planet Fitness locations have been working over the last month and a half to design two “Judgement Free Zone” fitness centers for the Boys & Girls Club.

These fitness centers will be available for Boys & Girls Club members at the Lancaster Depew, 60 Preston St., Depew, and Northtowns, 54 Riverdale Ave., Buffalo, locations. Several BGC participants were on hand at the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster Depew on Aug. 1 to check out the newly improved fitness center.

“We are very excited about our renovated weight rooms and the opportunities it will provide our club members,” said Lancaster-Depew Club director Jeff Kupka. “One of our missions is to encourage health and wellness. Our local partnership with Planet Fitness will help us strengthen our goal to create a healthy environment by making it easier for members to be physically active after school.”

According to John Hrinda, Planet Fitness’ president of New York Operations, there was approximately $10,000 worth of donations for this project from ECP-PF Holdings Group Inc., a Planet Fitness franchisee. These fitness centers will feature newly painted walls, 20 cardio fitness machines at each location and inspiring messages written on the walls.

“This is our third time taking on a project like this in the state along with one in Albany and one in Rochester,” Hrinda said. “This is just our way to give back to the community, and the goal is to get kids more healthy. We hope that this will give them an outlet to try new things that they have never tried before.”

The two newly renovated Boys & Girls Club fitness centers are scheduled to open in September, according to Kupka, in conjunction with the start of school.

“With fitness, nutrition and life skills being so important to our society, the impact of these fitness centers is immeasurable,” said Northtowns Club director Robert O’Brocta. “Getting the youth involved in fitness activities is crucial, and we thank Planet Fitness for their efforts on this project.”

The Boys & Girls Club is open to children 7 years old and up. To learn more about club programs and other opportunities, visit www.depewlancasterbgc.org or www.bgcnt.net.

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