READING, PA – On Friday, February 28th, the Olivet Boys & Girls Club unveiled a newly installed traverse climbing wall at the Clinton Club location (677 Clinton St-Reading). The wall company, Everlast Climbing, states that “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.” The newly installed wall is 40 feet long x 8 feet high and can accommodate approximately 10 club members at a time.
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.
About the Olivet Boys & Girls Club:
The Olivet Clubs provide a safe environment for youth ages 6-18 by providing programs that encourage character development, education, life skills, healthy living and exposure to arts and culture. These programs, along with guidance from our staff, allow kids to find their way out of poverty to become productive, outstanding members of society.
The Olivet Boys & Girls Club has a strong reputation for providing life-changing experiences to its members, including mentoring experiences with diverse, trained and caring staff and volunteers who want to make a difference in the life of a child.
A chartered member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Olivet Boys & Girls Club serves nearly 3,000 members a year at 10 sites located in Reading, Robesonia, and Shillington. The Club was founded in 1898. Its mission is “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as healthy, caring, productive, responsible citizens.”
For more information about Olivet Boys & Girls Club visit www.olivetbgc.org