Outreach: Community Service
- Published: Friday, 15 November 2013 13:14
"Since the climbing community has given so much to me, I knew I couldn't leave for college next year without giving something back. I want to make sure that this sport keeps growing, and I want to make sure that everyone can have the same amazing opportunities that I did," said Busse. Busse developed a young climbers program with support from Ironworks and two other Zero Gravity members.
"Now every month, the kids that sign up for my courses are given free day passes and gear, and Nathan, Dewi and I provide a free and fun introduction to rock climbing," said Busse. The class teaches the climbers how to tie in, how to belay if they're old enough and the group practices climbing games as well. "The second the kids walk into the gym I see their heads shoot up in awe at the height of the walls, and they all start dancing around while they're waiting for their gear because they're so anxious to try. This past weekend I had a girl come back who came to our very first session and try a route on an overhang that she couldn't do the first time. She finally did it and got so excited!"
The forty kids that have participated in the program have been from all over the Bay area. Most of the parents heard about the program through word of mouth but Busse hopes to exapand it. "I am setting up appointment times with schools so I can speak to some PE classes about them as well." Berkeley Ironworks is happy to support such a great program! Keep up the great work Sera!