RICHMOND, VA – (Monday, January, 13, 2020) – Sportable, the only adaptive sports club in Central Virginia and one of the top Paralympic sports clubs in the country, is proud to establish a new collaboration with Beyond Boundaries, Peak Experiences, Triangle Rock Club, VCU RecSports Outdoor Adventure Program, and Paradox Sports to develop safe, inclusive, and supportive rock climbing opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments.
Leaders in the local climbing community will participate in a comprehensive training program February 21-22, 2020, led by Paradox Sports, to gain experience and equipment needed to offer quality adaptive climbing programs at facilities throughout the greater Richmond area.
“Sportable is proud to serve as an advocate for accessibility and inclusiveness in the region, and this partnership is another way for us to facilitate opportunities for people with physical disabilities and visual impairments,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “We are thrilled to partner with local organizations that share our commitment to making climbing possible for people of all abilities in our community.”
The nation’s premier adaptive climbing organization since 2007, Paradox Sports is committed to making the sport accessible to all by organizing climbing outings and clinics to help athletes realize their full potential. The “train the trainer” style two-day adaptive climbing course will be held at Peak Experiences RVA. The intensive course includes a mix of classroom education, open discussions, and on-the-wall training, followed by a Community Climbing Opportunity for adaptive athletes. The training is an invitation to adaptive athletes, recreational climbers, climbing gym staff, and volunteers to rethink what is possible.
Sportable currently offers multi-week Adaptive Rock Climbing sessions throughout the year; however, the goal of the training program is to ensure that every climbing gym in Richmond is accessible to athletes of all abilities. Each facility will have the opportunity to start adaptive climbing clubs or host adaptive climbing nights, serve school groups, birthday parties, and other groups that may have participants with disabilities, and support adaptive competition climbers and teams.
Rock Climbing can be a gateway to a lifetime of adventure and can allow individuals with disabilities to push their limits and change beliefs about what is possible. Benefits also include improving community connectedness, engaging mind and body, and building strength, endurance, and motor skills.
To learn more about adaptive climbing opportunities in Richmond, visit Sportable.org, BeyondBoundariesRVA.org, PeakExperiences.com, TriangleRockClub.com, and Recsports.vcu.edu/programs/outdoor-adventure-program.
Mile High Climbing Challenge
To offset expenses required to bring the Adaptive Climbing Course to Richmond, local climbing gyms are partnering to host a Mile High Climbing Challenge. To participate, local climbers will purchase a scorecard for $10 and then use it to track distance climbed from January 13 until February 10. Climbers who achieve 5,280 feet climbed over the four-week period will be eligible to win prizes from climbing vendors and local sponsors. The Mile High Climbing Challenge will culminate with a celebration event at Vasen Brewing on February 11. Mile High Challenge Scorecards are available to purchase at Peak Experiences Midlothian, Peak Experiences RVA, Triangle Rock Club, and VCU RecSports Outdoor Adventure Program.
Sportable has created opportunities and transformed the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport since 2005. The only adaptive sports club in Central Virginia and one of the top Paralympic sport clubs in the country, Sportable provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering 13 competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. For more information about Sportable, please visit Sportable.org.
About Beyond Boundaries
Beyond Boundaries offers adventure opportunities to individuals with disabilities, veterans, at risk youth, and individuals in recovery. Since 2015, Beyond Boundaries has provided the community with opportunities like, white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, and kayaking. Beyond Boundaries strives to increase access and opportunity to individuals in the community who don’t typically have it while providing a space to see someone for their ability before their disability. For more information on Beyond Boundaries, please visit beyondboundariesrva.org.
About Paradox Sports
Paradox Sports is a nonprofit organization in Boulder, Colorado that provides youth, adults and military veterans with physical disabilities the opportunity to get outside. Paradox strives to make parks and open spaces more accessible by providing adaptive rock climbing programs at iconic climbing locations across the United States. The organization also published the first ever-adaptive climbing manual and hosts adaptive climbing courses at gyms, universities and recreation centers nationwide. Through its adaptive climbing programs, participants gain the self-confidence, skills and independence to engage in the outdoors, access the beautiful places they love, and belong to a community that provides camaraderie, support and overall well-being. Learn more about Paradox Sports at paradoxsports.org.