The Olivet Boys & Girls Club unveiled a newly installed traverse climbing wall at the Clinton Club location (677 Clinton St-Reading) last week. The newly installed wall is 40 feet long x 8 feet high and can accommodate approximately 10 club members at a time.
“the fun and challenge of a Traverse wall is making it from one side to the other, rather than to the top. Students are never more than a few feet off the floor as they climb horizontally across the wall. No ropes or harnesses are needed.” states Everlast Climbing.
The traverse climbing wall will serve as another way to provide recreational and physical activity to club members during afterschool and summer programming. The purchase and installation of the wall was made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
The goal of the grant is to provide stimulating activities to club members, to encourage new club memberships, and to maintain the consistent attendance of existing members.
Both the Olivet Boys and Girls Club and the national Boys and Girls Clubs of America emphasize healthy living, sports and recreation to develop physical fitness, reduce stress and promote a positive use of leisure time.
Jermell Mitchell, Director of the Clinton Street Club says he is excited to have the new climbing wall installed because it provides new opportunities for physical fitness and team work.
“This is something new for the kids, something they don’t get exposed to everyday growing up in an urban environment” said Mitchell.
“I grew up in the Bronx, we had the basketball court. I want these kids to try new things, and the new climbing wall will help with that.”