Sportrock was founded by a small group of local climbers in 1994. While the Sportrock family has largely expanded in the last two decades, we remain focused on building community and giving back.
We donate our climbing services and programs to hundreds of local schools and organizations each year and regularly open our doors to groups who wouldn’t have access to climbing otherwise, including:
City Kids Wilderness Project
American Alpine Club
Brown Girls Climb
Team Red, White, and Blue (RWB)
Over the Edge DC
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Out of that commitment, we have pioneered the growth of adaptive climbing in the DC metro area through partnerships with some truly extraordinary organizations:
Through our work with the PFNCA, we spearheaded the first accredited U.S. study on the effects of climbing on Parkinson’s disease. We are also the only climbing gym in the country that offers a free, weekly program for climbers with Parkinson’s. What started in 2012 continues to grow larger each year and we are proud to bring this work to medical professionals and media outlets so additional progress can be made!
Catalyst Sports is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest level adaptive sport opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities. In 2015, Sportrock earned the distinction of being the only host gym in the Mid-Atlantic region for Catalyst Sports.
As a result, they were able to launch a Greater DC Chapter and we have proudly hosted monthly climbing clinics at both our locations ever since.
Click here to view the video and accompanying article that CBS Evening News produced on our partnership to bring adaptive climbing to the Mid-Atlantic.
Adaptive climbing programs require a lot of volunteers and we would welcome your help! If you’re interested in supporting our mission to make climbing more inclusive, please email our Director of Programs & Events, Molly Donelan, at [email protected].
Please email [email protected] with any other inquiries, donation requests, or partnership ideas!