YouFit Gyms, a nationwide fitness chain, will host a Charity Pickleball Tournament on September 17 and 18 at four South Florida locations as part of its YouFit Lifts initiative, which partners with and supports local charities and nonprofit organizations. Proceeds from the Pickleball Tournament will be donated to the Cancer Research Institute in honor of longtime employee David Sarner, who recently lost his battle with the disease.
“We strive to make fitness affordable and fun and with the addition of indoor pickleball in our clubs, we continue to succeed,” Brian Vahaly says, a former professional tennis player and YouFit Gyms CEO. “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.”
The tournament is open to the public and members, and there will be a $20 entry fee to participate. Tournament Winners will receive a one-year Premium + Membership to YouFit Gyms and a two-month supply of energy drinks from CELSIUS, the tournament sponsor, which is also providing samples of its energy drink during the tournament.
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
YouFit Gyms is partnering with Pickleball Is Great, a leading pickleball tournament management company, to help run the tournament and bracket system and ensure players have the proper equipment. YouFit will also 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 coming months.
“As a former professional tennis player, I understand the benefits pickleball and all racket sports have on mental and physical health,” Vahaly says. “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.”
To sign up to participate, visit here.