Memphis Rox Climbing Gym: A Safe Haven

Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, Memphis Rox opened a climbing gym to be at the center of the city’s revitalization. Prior to its construction, nobody thought twice about the transformative effect a rock climbing gym could have on the Memphis community. Especially not the delivery driver who arrived with building supplies on a daily basis. With a crime rate 351% greater than the national average, I don’t fault their narrow perspective. Let’s face it: in urban areas where rocks are sparse and the outdoors is an afterthought, few people look to adventure sports for an escape. But this needs to change. And for the community around Memphis Rox, it is. What an inspiration.

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