Help Chicago Kids Climb On!

*Update below!*

My name is Lucy Campbell, and I'm 15 years old. I started climbing when I was eight years old, and I now climb on a youth team at First Ascent in Chicago.

This summer, I'm working with the nonprofit 501(c)3 youth center Slingshots to build a traverse climbing wall. I love climbing, and I want to help spread it to those who otherwise wouldn't get to climb.

Why am I doing this?
Chicago's youth are some of the most vulnerable in America, with public-school graduation rates averaging 58.1% over the last decade. Centers like Slingshots help teens hit their target. A climbing wall provides the chance to build strength, perseverance, and teamwork, while reducing stress and having fun. According to a study by Forbes, climbing is the 2nd healthiest sport.

Where is your money going?
- $2705 for a 8' x 28' wall from Elevate Climbing Walls
- $230 for safety mats
- $20 for VELCRO strips to attach mats to wall
- $505 for climbing volumes & holds from Atomik
- $200 for lumber to make a wooden frame

Total: $3460 + GoFundMe fees + shipping

This is what Slingshots looks like now:

But this is what it could look like:

Please donate if you can and help spread this campaign!

To all climbers:
Donate $50 or more and be entered to win a 10-Pass or a 1-Month Membership to First Ascent Climbing & Fitness! Donate $25 or more and be entered to win a Youth Rec Trial Class or Intro to Climbing Package! Please comment if you're interested.
  • William Ankenbrandt 
    • $100 
    • 57 mos
  • Rick and Linda Ewalt 
    • $25 (Offline)
    • 58 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $180 
    • 58 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 58 mos
  • Leo Wang 
    • $80 
    • 58 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Lucy Campbell 
Park Ridge, IL
Andrew Campbell