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Cancer Well-Fit Program to Return in 2022

The Cancer Well-Fit Program is designed for anyone who is currently dealing with cancer, or has been treated in the last year, and wants to regain strength, balance, and energy.

Our goal is to help the cancer recovery process by restoring strength, balance, energy, and confidence. Our primary focus is to condition the Muscular and Cardiovascular Systems through gradual resistance and range-of-motion exercises. We utilize the state-of-the-art exercise facilities at ARFC to introduce progressive weight training, gradual cardiovascular conditioning, and core and balance training.

The Well-Fit program combines the latest in exercise science with a supportive and motivating environment to assist the recovery process.

Program Director

Desmond Cullen is the Well-Fit Director at the Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club. Desmond is a fitness professional certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He also holds a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist certification and has over nine years of experience in the field, and has helped countless clients achieve and maintain their optimal health.

College Scholarship Program to Return in 2022

The four-month program is designed to introduce the benefits of health and fitness to high school juniors and seniors, and in turn, ask them to share those benefits with their local community. A complimentary membership at Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club, the sponsor, and venue for all of the activities is included with the program. At the conclusion, each participant will write a 1,000-word essay describing their experience, identifying the benefits of health and fitness, and describing what they will do to promote a healthy lifestyle within their community. The essays will be reviewed by school administrators and ARFC staff, and the winning applicant will receive a $2000 scholarship toward college or continuing education.

The Program

The application process begins August 1, 2022. The membership will begin October 1, 2022, and be completed on January 31, 2023. Interested students should fill out the application, available on the Club's website (, select the Amenities tab on the top and click on Community Services). Please direct any questions to Program Director Staci Sassarini. Membership at Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club is required, and is complimentary, as are all program activities described below.

Program Requirements
  • Attend the Club to exercise a minimum of three times per week.
  • Participate in one Group Personal Training class each week.
  • Participate in 15 Group Fitness classes during the program.
  • Participate in one Cardio Tennis or Rookie Tennis class during the program.
  • Write a 1000 word essay describing the benefits of health & fitness learned during the program, and what the student will now do to share those benefits with their local community.

Failure to meet any of the program requirements will result in loss of complimentary membership, enrollment in the program, and eligibility for the scholarship.

The Essay

The essay must be a minimum of 1,000 words in length and should describe two things: First, what their participation in the program has taught them about health & fitness and how those benefits have improved their lives. Second, what they plan to do to share those benefits with their local community. The essays will be reviewed by a panel of High School Administrators and ARFC Staff. Essays will be due by January 31, 2018.

The Scholarship

The scholarship amount is $2000. In the case of a High School Senior, $1000 will be given upon proof of registration in full-time continuing education for the first year, with the remaining $1000 held in trust and to be given upon proof of registration for the second year. In the case of a High School Junior, the scholarship will be placed in trust until their High School graduation when the same procedures will then be followed as with High School Seniors. Students may win the scholarship more than once. Although every participant will benefit from the program, only one will win the scholarship!

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