The top-ranked female rock climber in the world, Sasha DiGiulian, recently led a free rock climbing clinic for Boston youth. Children and teens attending the clinic were part of a rock climbing program at the Boston-based nonprofit, Youth Enrichment Services (YES). The event took place on September 26 at Central Rock Gym, an indoor rock climbing facility in Watertown, Mass.
“I am proud to be here with YES kids and inspire them to be active,” said Sasha. “The sport of rock climbing has been transformational to my life. It’s taught me so much about setting goals, staying focused, and aiming high.” Sasha won the rock climbing 2011 World Championships and in 2012 became the first – and only – North American woman to climb a grade 9a rock climbing incline. Sasha is an ambassador with the New York City-based nonprofit organization, Up2Us Sports. As an ambassador, Sasha actively seeks out opportunities to mentor and inspire youth and teens through the power of coaches.
“It was an incredible opportunity to have Sasha DiGiulian spend quality time with our youth and personally coach them,” said YES Executive Director, Bryan Van Dorpe. “I can’t think of a better individual to inspire our youth and instill excitement about the sport of rock climbing. Sasha is not only an exceptional athlete, but also a powerful, positive role model for young people at YES.”