With its "Work Out to Help Out" fundraiser over Thanksgiving weekend, New Yorks Sports Clubs is hoping to give community members several feel-good opportunities: "post-pig-out sweat sessions" as well as a way to help Hurricane Sandy victims.
The holiday season is a time when many clubs are cutting down on programming, said representative Christine Dedham, but New York Sports Clubs is doing the opposite.
"When Hurricane Sandy hit, a lot of the clubs in the tri-state area were affected," Dedham said. For several weeks, NYSC locations made themselves available to area residents who needed facilities for showering and charging electronics.
"We saw how many people were in need, and didn't want our efforts to stop there," said Dedham. As a result, NYSC has partnered with New York Cares, a New York City-based volunteer organization, to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Beginning Friday morning, Nov. 23, and running through Sunday, Nov. 25, all New York Sports Clubs, as well as affiliated clubs in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, will be hosting "Work Out to Help Out."
Guest passes to the clubs will be available for $20 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to New York Cares to directly support Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts.
The $20 fee will provide access to NYSC for the entire period, and will include access to all facilities as well as strength, spin, yoga, and Zumba classes. The cost of a guest pass is typically $25 per day.
The Blue Back Square club will also be holding a coat drive on behalf of New York Cares throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.
In addition, Denham said, a portion of the cost of every new member's initiation fees will be donated to New York Cares.
The class schedule for the Blue Back Square location can be found by clicking here.