THON 2021 to Benefit from New “Sack Pediatric Cancer” Program with Penn State Athletics and Planet Fitness
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. Penn State Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Penn State Sports Properties, announced today that Planet Fitness will sponsor a new initiative – “Sack Pediatric Cancer” – to benefit THON this fall.
A Planet Fitness franchisee, National Fitness Partners in Camp Hill, is a Penn State business partner. The fundraising initiative kicks off this month with Planet Fitness to promote collaboration and fundraising opportunities across channels. The multi-year “Sack Pediatric Cancer” program will debut with Penn State football season to generate even more funding for THON – the largest student-led philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of families affected by childhood cancer.
For regular season home and away games, National Fitness Partners will reserve a donation to THON for each time the Nittany Lions sack an opponent. The community-based initiative will be visible throughout the season on all official Penn State Athletics platforms and through select outlets, such as radio game broadcasts.
National Fitness Partners, with Planet Fitness, is proud to partner with Penn State Sports and the entire Penn State community in this greater effort to benefit THON and continue the fight against pediatric cancer, ”said Stephen Kindler Jr., President and CEO of National Fitness Partners. “We are delighted to partner with Penn State to fight together to find a cure for childhood cancer.”
The “Sack Pediatric Cancer” initiative is designed to significantly benefit THON, which provides emotional and financial support for critical research. Each year, more than 16,500 student volunteers participate in the year-long fundraising efforts and to date, they have raised more than $ 190 million for their sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital to fight childhood cancer. The nonprofit was founded in 1973 as a way for students to give back to the community.
“Penn State THON ™ is incredibly excited to partner with Planet Fitness through the ‘Sack Pediatric Cancer’ campaign,” said Katie Soloman, Executive Director. “Penn State football and THON are leaders within the Penn State Community, and we know our partnership with Planet Fitness will help spread THON’s mission nationwide.”
National Fitness Partners currently owns and operates 96 Planet Fitness locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. National Fitness Partners is one of the largest franchisees with the Planet Fitness system and is backed by the Atlanta, Georgia-based private equity firm Argonne Capital.
About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest growing fitness center franchisors and operators in the United States by membership and location. As of December 31, 2020, Planet Fitness had approximately 13.5 million members and 2,124 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Panama, Mexico and Australia. The company’s mission is to improve people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgment Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business people and women.
Penn State Sports Properties is the local Learfield IMG College team dedicated to representing Penn State Athletics. It oversees the relationship with National Fitness Partners, as well as the Nittany Lions’ extensive rights relationship. Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports to brands, fans and universities through the representation of collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas.