S.A. Boys and Girls Club, Planet Fitness team up against bullying

Two organizations are flexing their muscles to combat bullying, and you can help too.

Two organizations are flexing their muscles to combat bullying, and you can help too.

Esmee Quirarte is all too familiar with bullying.

"As a child it makes you feel weird that you are being pointed out for being different however I chose to use it towards my advantage and just went along with it," Quirarte, the General Manager of the Planet Fitness located on Bandera Road said.

That's why she's thrilled that Planet Fitness and the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio are taking steps to sound the alarm about their effort to stop bullying with their "Judgement-Free Generation."

Quirarte said, "We want to make sure we spread kindness throughout all generations."

That's why through October 13 new memberships are only five bucks and every penny goes to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, and current members can donate to help lift the weight of bullying off kids shoulders too.

Quirarte told us, "We aim to combat judgment and bullying faced by so many youth today by creating an environment where everyone can be more kind."

Kindness is one of the main messages spread at one of the six city-wide Boys and Girls clubhouses.

"If you walk into one of our club houses you see no judgment and pro-kindness throughout our clubhouse," Sonia Lopez, Director of Development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio said.

According to bullying.gov, more than one in four students say they've been bullied, and one out of three students admit to being the bully themselves!

Seventy percent of youngsters and school staff witnessing bullying, but only 20 to 30 percent of the bullied actually speak up and tell adults about what happened.

Lopez added, "We are really able to help walk him them through and navigate issues like that. Our members learn the importance of fair play when they play in our game rooms. They learn how to build teamwork and how to support each other when they play in our sports programs."

And with this great partnership, the anti-bullying message can spread even further.
 

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