Queen Creek resident Brooklyn Davis receives $500 scholarship from Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge


Queen Creek resident Brooklyn Davis received a $500 scholarship as part of the Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge.

The Teen Summer Challenge took place from May 15 through Sept. 1, during which Planet Fitness opened its doors to high school teenagers ages 15-18 to work out for free at any of its more than 1,800 locations in the U.S. and Canada, according to a release.

All teens who signed up for the Teen Summer Challenge were entered into Planet Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstakes. In the U.S., 51  teens across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., were randomly selected to receive a $500 scholarship, and one teen received a $5,000 grand prize. In Canada, one teen across each participating province was randomly selected to receive a $500 scholarship toward academics or athletics, and one teen received a separate $5,000 grand prize.

In its inaugural year, the Teen Summer Challenge saw more than 900,000 teens sign up for the program and log nearly 5.5 million workouts. In Arizona, more than 27,200 teens completed 187,000 workouts this summer, the release states.

“We are excited to present Brooklyn with a scholarship on behalf of Planet Fitness and the Teen Summer Challenge,” Scott McCreery, regional director of United PF Partners, a Planet Fitness franchisee group that operates more than 155 locations across 14 states, said in the release. “The Teen Summer Challenge surpassed our expectations, and we’re pleased that so many teens incorporated fitness into their routines and 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.”

According to a national study commissioned by Planet Fitness, nearly all teens (91%) agreed that they wanted to stay healthy and active over the summer; however, more than 40% of teens also reported that their fitness levels decreased over the summer when school is out because they didn’t know where to exercise. Additionally, nearly two in five teens say they didn’t have enough guidance on how to exercise (39%) or where to even start (36%), according to the release.

Go to planetfitness.com.