Special to The Truth
When Planet Fitness Michigan Group learned of the need for fitness equipment at Scott High School, they stepped in immediately to do their part to remove barriers to an active lifestyle for students. On Thursday, September 30,Scott High School staff, TPS District leadership and Plant Fitness representatives joined students as they formally open the new space.
The equipment, valued at approximately $60,000, will support athletic programs and other classroom activities that promote healthy living at Scott High School. “The Fitness Center will allow Scott High School to take a holistic approach to keeping our students and staff mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. This will allow us to expand our curriculum in physical education, provide a resource for our athletic teams to train; as well as, provide an opportunity for our Faculty and Staff to train in order to maintain perfect mental and physical health,” Carnel Smith, EdD, Scott High School principal said.
The driving force behind the partnership was Scott alumnus Darnell Smith, a former football player at the school and a teammate of Carnel Smith at the time.
According to Carnel Smith, Darnell Smith began a conversation with Planet Fitness.
“We were able to come together and make it happen,” said Carnel Smith. “Our motto was not ‘if’ but ‘when’ it was going to happen.”
Planet fitness is committed to serving communities and providing resources for those seeking to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Mary Scott, vice president of Marketing for PF Michigan Group said of the donation, “working with the team at Scott High School has been one of the highlights of our year. We hope that this donation helps their students develop physical fitness habits and routines that will last a lifetime.”