• Founded in 2020, the USA Climbing Foundation seeks to provide critical support to American climbers and programs


    Climbing satisfies a basic human instinct to strive as an individual and as part of a community. The practice of climbing builds problem solving skills, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, power, endurance, and confidence for participants at all levels and has the power to transform one’s outlook about what is possible. With the assistance of donors, USA Climbing seeks to bring this transformative power to as many participants as possible through efforts such as:

    • Increasing access and inclusiveness for underrepresented participants of all ages
    • Educating coaches, athletes, parents, routesetters and others, such as for positive coaching methods, training techniques, physical and mental health and safety, and competition rules
    • Growing the sport at the recreational level

    Your donations can help USA Climbing seek innovative ways to host competitions, expand educational outreach and grow the sport while prioritizing health and safety.


    As a new Olympic sport, Climbing can inspire its participants and the public through excellence at the elite level. The Foundation seeks to assist USA Climbing in empowering high performance athletes in our Elite, Paraclimbing, Youth, and Collegiate Series through efforts such as:

    • Assisting with the costs of elite athlete training, travel, health care, and equipment
    • Building and operating National Training Center facilities
    • Commemorating leaders and champions and assisting in subsequent life transitions
    • Nurturing a pipeline for high performance in the Youth, Paraclimbing, and Collegiate Series

    USA Climbing relies on the generosity of the climbing community and the American public to help our athletes remain competitive with the rest of the world. Significant financial resources are required each year to prepare our elite climbers for World Cups, World Championships, and Olympic Games. Costs such as for equipment, travel, and medical support can be overwhelming for athletes and their families trying to balance training and competing with the demands of school or work.

    “I hope USA Climbing gets more support and resources so that we can continue to better our performance in international competition whether that means World Cups or the Olympic Games.”

    Nathaniel Coleman – August 3, 2021, immediately following his Olympic qualification round

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