Community Involvement

We are passionate about giving back!

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. We are also proud to partner with many local and national organizations to share our love of climbing with groups who wouldn’t otherwise have access to our incredible sport. Some of these organizations include:

Veterans at Sportrock

American Alpine Club (AAC)
Access Fund
Capital Climbers/Rainbow Climbing
Catalyst Sports
Change Lives Now
City Kids
Community Lodgings
DC Firefighters Burn Foundation

Howard Gardner School
Latin American Youth Center
Mid Atlantic Climbers
Mothers of Northern Arlington (MONA)
Over the Edge DC
Second Story
Team RWB
Wild Wilderness Women (WWW)


Out of that commitment, we have pioneered the growth of adaptive climbing in the DC metro area through partnerships with some truly extraordinary organizations:

Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA)

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!

Want to know how it all started?  Read the full story of how the partnership came to be and watch the video to see our amazing Parkinson’s climbers in action!

Catalyst Sports

Catalyst Sports

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!

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