Paradox Sports has partnered with Outside Inc. and their Find Your Good Campaign. Outside says “At Outside, our mission is to get everyone outside. We believe that the future of our planet depends on it. That’s why our parent company, Outside Inc., created Find Your Good and partnered with 14 nonprofit organizations that share our mission. Put simply, our new philanthropic branch, Find Your Good, is a place where you can find and support causes that align with your passions.”
This partnership is helping spread our storytelling and reach new participants, volunteers and donors. Outside sat down with Paradox Sports Co-Founder, Timmy O’Neill, to hear about his experience climbing with his brother, which eventually led to the founding of Paradox Sports. In the article, Timmy says “Suddenly I had this body of information that others wanted to experience, and others wanted to trade in, and I started doing more and more of these climbs until we formed an organization called Paradox Sports. It is an organization that does adaptive climbing clinics, adaptive climbing programming, and adaptive climbing training. It certifies gyms and groups. We basically created a body of information that could enable and empower other people to have that experience.” To read the whole article or listen to the interview, click here.
Paradox Sports Ambassador, Dan Boozan, has also had the chance to sit down with Outside to talk about his experiences biking, getting into climbing, and his thoughts on living life with an invisible disability. Dan says, “The whole “you’re an inspiration” comment is a double-edged sword. Some people will leverage it, and there’s a realm of inspiration porn that some people cash in on. But then there are other people who simply say, “Don’t call me that.” I mean, you’ve just shown up to ski, climb, or lift and suddenly you’re being called inspirational? Will they still say I’m inspirational if I get frustrated or angry about my disability? The disabled community for years has struggled for recognition and acceptance, and one of those last hurdles—hopefully—will be that if you’re going to accept us, you have to accept us as human beings with the same foibles everyone else is permitted to have. It’s not just being patient when I can’t move fast down the street; it’s also understanding that I might get mad because I can’t move faster.” To read Dan’s whole interview, check out https://www.climbing.com/people/dan-boozan-interview/ or click the link here.
To follow along for future stories, or learn more about other non-profits that Outside is working with, check them out at https://www.outsideonline.com/business-journal/advocacy/find-your-good/.
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Photo 1 (Cover Photo): The Outside logo (‘Outside’ text in yellow with an orange outline) is in the center of the photo. Behind the logo is a hilly landscape with many trees and mountains far off in the distance. The sun is setting and can be seen on the right side of the photo with sun rays streaking into the trees. The sky is a mixture of blues and oranges with some clouds.
Photo 2: Timmy O’Neill is standing on the edge of a cliff high up in the Yosemite Valley. The photo is taken from above as he looks at the camera with a serious face and holds a black and white Paradox Sports banner above his head. He is wearing black sunglasses, a blue Paradox Sports t-shirt, and black shorts. Behind/below him you can see some rockwalls across the valley and many trees.
Photo 3: Dan Boozan climbing at Staunton State Park. The image is taken from above and looking down and to the side at Dan as he climbs. His hand is chalky and is pressed to the rock across his body. He is smiling and looking up and to the left. Dan is wearing a white and green helmet, black sunglasses and a blue t-shirt. Below him is the dirt ground with a pile of rope at the base of the climb.