As one of the nation’s premier adaptive outdoor recreation organizations,
Paradox Sports is dedicated to our mission:
Revolutionizing lives through adaptive
climbing opportunities that defy convention.
Paradox Sports is an IRS public charitable organization Tax # 26-0153796.
Paradox Sports has been in operation since 2007 after our first climbing event occurred in conjunction with Walter Reed Hospital. Since then, Paradox events have been a place to connect, push limits, and change beliefs about what’s possible with a disability. Paradox Sports seeks to recognize and foster an individual’s potential and strength, defying the assumption that people with a physical disability can’t lead a life of excellence. We provide inspiration, opportunities and specialized adaptive equipment so that anyone is able to be an active participant in human-powered sports. Starting in 2015, we kicked it up a notch to spread the word about the vertical lifestyle – empowering climbing facilitators to start their own adaptive programs. Since 2015 we have taught cutting edge adaptive climbing techniques and skills at over 45 gyms & universities across 23 states … and even one in Squamish, BC!
We believe it is important to start with the “Why?” – the purpose of Paradox Sports. Since 2007, Paradox Sports has been a place to connect, push your limits, and change beliefs about what’s possible with a disability. Over the years Paradox Sports has changed and grown but at the core, the unwavering dedication to living fully and in the moment has always remained. Climbing requires you to be present in both mind and body, and often the “disability” holding you back is in the mind. Climbing, as a sport in general, requires adaptive equipment even for able-bodied climbers. Harnesses, ropes, ice tools, and other gadgets aid in ascending the wall for people of all abilities, adaptive athletes do not necessarily need adaptive equipment to go climbing. We are passionate about engaging everyone in climbing and the climbing community because the community is what keeps us coming back.
WHO WE ARE:
We are a Boulder, CO based 501(c)3 non-profit that is passionate about defying convention. Our small Staff team, with the guidance of our Board of Directors, and the support of our Ambassadors, provides Adaptive Climbing Programs year-round across the country. In 2016 we impacted over 450 people of all (dis)abilities including:
20% Spinal Cord Injuries
19% Traumatic Brain Injuries
16% Amputations/limb difference
13% Neurological Conditions
12% Visual Impairment
To learn more about the history of Paradox Sports, click here.
WHAT WE DO:
Our Programs are centered around three main areas: Trips, Courses and Community.
TRIPS: Paradox Sports started with our annual and infamous adaptive climbing trips across the country that provide accessible opportunities for athletes of all abilities to experience some of the most iconic climbing locations in the US – Yosemite, the Gunks, Eldorado Canyon, Joshua Tree, Ouray Ice Park, North Conway, and more.
COURSES: In 2015 we released the first ever Adaptive Climbing Manual to share our knowledge about cutting edge adaptive climbing techniques and have hit the road to spread the word about and support of adaptive climbing. In 2017, with the support of The North Face, we launched the Adaptive Climbing Initiative. We offer multiple levels of adaptive climbing courses to climbing gyms, universities and other programs across North America in hopes that ALL programs will be accessible to people with disabilties.
COMMUNITY: Paradox Sports is rooted in the power of the climbing community. In partnership with Adaptive Adventures, we host two Climbing Clubs 3 times per month between Boulder and Golden, open to all ability levels! This is a great way to meet people, challenge yourself in a controlled environment and “see what you got”. We also host several events throughout the year to celebrate our community – from parties to adventure film nights. Join us to “Party with a Purpose!”
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
We have kicked it up a notch to spread the word about the vertical lifestyle over the last decade and we continue to grow and pursue excellence. We are always looking for people to join our tribe! We accept both participants and volunteers on most of our trips. If you are in the Boulder area, join our Paradox Approach tours to learn more!