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Accessible adventures - Alumni Profiles
September 2013 Issue
On a busy Saturday at the nation’s largest indoor climbing center, in Atlanta, hundreds of preschoolers, kids, teens and adults swing and pull themselves up walls reaching 25 to 60 feet high. When they hit the ground again, some cheer and high-five, while others receive words of encouragement from friends, instructors and coaches. Eric Gray (BSEd ’04) wants to open up the world of adventurous sports to individuals who don’t have use of their hands or feet. His Atlanta-based non-profit organization, Catalyst Sports, is trying to eliminate physical and financial barriers that keep people with a loss of function from attempting climbing and other recreational activities. “It is a really neat opportunity to show people that there aren’t any limitations,” Gray says. “No matter who you are, we can get you up the wall.” In March 2013, Catalyst offered its first adaptive climbing clinic at Atlanta’s Stone Summit, using specialized harnesses, pulleys and other equipment to help kids and adults reach …
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