Adaptive Climbing Clinic Is Saturday At Coolidge Park

Friday, August 15, 2008

There will be a free Adaptive Climbing Clinic at the Walnut Street Bridge Climbing Wall in Coolidge Park on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by the Therapeutic Recreation Services Program of the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department, "SPorts, Arts and Recreation of Chattanooga," the Adventure Guild, and Outdoor Chattanooga's "OutVenture" Program.

This is the first adaptive climbing clinic in the Chattanooga area to provide a unique outdoor opportunity for individuals with a variety of physical disabilities.

Diana (Dee) Thomas, director of Outdoor Programs at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, N.C., will be leading the instruction for this event.

Ms. Thomas is nationally renowned and has trained with acclaimed mountain climber and adventurer, Mark, "No Limits," Wellman at Yosemite National Park. In addition to her work in North Carolina, Ms. Thomas travels throughout the country teaching program directors, staff members, and instructors how to offer adaptive climbing for people of all abilities.

She has worked for the Yosemite Institute as a Field Science Teacher and recently joined Mark Wellman and Disabled Sports USA-West where she co-instructed adaptive activities in Yosemite National Park including rock climbing and hand cycling.

In the past, she has taught rock climbing for the North Carolina Outward Bound School and directed the Outdoor Education Program for seven years for the Telluride, Co., public schools.

For Saturday's clinic, participants must meet minimal requirements and pre-register as space is limited. This is a free event and lunch will be provided following the clinic.

Sports, Arts and Recreation of Chattanooga is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. SPARC spokesperson Jerry Hightower said, "SPARC believes that persons, regardless of ability, should have the opportunity to participate in competitive and recreational activities."

The City's Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator Elaine Adams said, "The goal of programs like the Adaptive Climbing Clinic is to encourage socialization, foster independence, expand horizons, and provide all participants with a great experience."

For information or to make reservations please contact Elaine Adams at 423 697-1345 or e-mail Adams_e@mail.chattanooga.gov.


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