Chattanooga students are learning how to climb and you can help them reach new heights.

The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga (FOC) have issued a challenge to area organizations and businesses to support the City of Chattanooga, Outdoor Chattanooga's Interscholastic Climbing League (CAICL).
Eleven area high schools are participating. Students in grades 9-12 have built teams to compete in meets at area indoor climbing gyms during the current school year.

The program is designed to help students gain access to climbing and learn how to do the sport.

The CAICL program will host its inaugural season under the guidance of Outdoor Chattanooga Recreation Programs Coordinator Terri Chapin.

“My hope is that these kids can be introduced to a pastime that will challenge and sustain them throughout their lives,” says Chapin. “We don't want cost to be a barrier for anyone who wants to climb.”

Three area commercial climbing gyms, High Point Climbing and Fitness, the Tennessee Bouldering Authority and Urban Rocks Gym, will sponsor six meets over the course of the winter.  Cost for each student, per meet, will be $8. Meets will take place on Nov. 1, 15 and Dec. 6, 2014, and Jan. 10, 24 and Feb. 7, 2015.
FOC Chairman John Karr asks area businesses, nonprofits, churches and individuals to meet their $300 challenge, which will be spread among the league to minimize costs to student participants.

There are 11 schools participating in the league:

  • Brainerd High School
  • Chattanooga Christian School (CCS)
  • Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA)
  • Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences (CSAS)
  • Girls Preparatory School (GPS)
  • Howard High School
  • Ivy Academy
  • McCallie School
  • Ridgeland High School (GA)
  • Sewanee St. Andrews
  • Signal Mtn. High School

Donations to the CIACL scholarship fund may be designated for a particular school or for general distribution. Funds donated for general distribution will be divided evenly among participating teams to allocate to students with financial need.  Schools without students in financial need may refuse general distribution funds.

To donate:
The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, Inc.
200 River Street Chattanooga, TN 37405