YouFit Gyms announced a Charity Pickleball Tournament taking place on September 17-18 at four South Florida locations. As part of the gym’s YouFit Lifts initiative, a community focused program that partners with, and supports, local charities and nonprofit organizations in the communities surrounding their 80 locations across the country, the Pickleball Tournament will donate all funds raised to the Cancer Research Institute in honor of longtime employee, David Sarner, who recently lost his battle to the disease.
Former professional tennis player and YouFit Gyms CEO, Brian Vahaly is excited to bring the fastest growing sport in the country to YouFit. “We strive to make fitness affordable and fun and with the addition of indoor pickleball in our clubs we continue to succeed,” says Vahaly. "Pickleball is an incredible exercise for both beginners and experienced players and the sport helps to build a sense of community, another important pillar for YouFit."
YouFit Gyms is partnering with Pickleball Is Great, a leading pickleball tournament management company, to help run the tournament, bracket system and ensure that players have the proper equipment. Keeping participants energized throughout the two-day event, Celsius will be on hand providing samples of their energy drink.
The tournament is open to the public as well as members and there will be a $20 entry fee to participate. All funds will be donated to the Cancer Research Institute. Tournament Winners will receive a one year Premium + Membership to YouFit Gyms and 2 months supply of energy drinks from Celsius, the tournament sponsor. Tournament locations include:
- South Pompano - 401 S Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL, 33060
- North Lauderdale - 7346 West McNab Road, North Lauderdale, FL, 33068
- Sunrise - 2101 N University Drive, Sunrise, FL 33322
- West Boca Sandalfoot - 23078 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Additionally, YouFit will offer indoor pickleball with complimentary equipment rentals at these four locations for Premium and Premium+ members. YouFit has plans to roll out pickleball in more locations over the course of the coming months.
“As a former professional tennis player, I understand the benefits pickleball and all racket sports have on mental and physical health,” says Vahaly. “Studies have shown that racket sports lower the risk of death from heart disease and stroke by 56%. Our ability to provide our YouFit members a totally different form of exercise that not only boosts health, but also provides a sense of community and fun, is something we are very proud of."
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