Rock climbing

Adaptation of climbing to physical disabilities: opportunity in BG this Saturday

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Adapted sports have reached new heights in recent years, this Saturday, so can you!

Bowling Green’s Vertical eXcape contacted Catalyst Sports, a climbing group for people with physical disabilities.

Thanks to a handful of local sponsoring companies, around twenty adapted climbers will bring specific equipment and will climb these walls for free this Saturday.

Vertical eXcape wants you to spread the word so that more people with physical disabilities can come and enjoy the adapted equipment that will be there on Saturday.

Bowling Green’s Vertical eXcape Operations Manager Evan Karcher said, “It’s so great to see the fire they have when they come in and the motivation, and they crush it. They can outrun a lot of people who don’t have a disability, and it’s just amazing to see.

Adapted climbing is a growing sport. Today, there are even national adapted climbing competitions.

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation helped promote the event and they will be setting up a table when the climber visits this weekend.

Parks And Rec works with people with physical and intellectual disabilities every day, and it’s an opportunity they use to promote the need for inclusive sports.

Bowling Green Parks Special Populations Instructor Cameron Levis said: “We’re excited to see something like rock climbing become accessible, because that’s our mission…. We just want to get around the table with organizations like them and see if we can’t make these things happen for people in our community.

If you have a physical disability, register on the Catalyst Sports website to come rock climbing on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

All the adapted equipment will be there and ready for you!

Vertical eXcape says they hope to buy the expensive adaptive equipment one day and fill their calendars with more days like this in the future.