By John Burgman
USA Climbing recently announced a number of open volunteer positions within the organization. “As you all know, our sport has been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic,” a press release stated. “Meanwhile, our staff and dedicated volunteers have been hard at work planning for the days when we can resume climbing events. Great things can happen through this creative and determined work.”
The open positions include a seat on USA Climbing’s Board of Directors; three elected roles that are part of USA Climbing’s Athletes’ Advisory Committee; various positions—for athletes and non-athletes—within the Hearing Panel Pool; and 13 positions within the organization’s Medical Committee, among others.
Also noteworthy in the announcement are 10 open positions on USA Climbing’s NCAA Development Task Force. In October 2019, the organization hired Rachel Owens to be the Collegiate and Paraclimbing Series Manager, and one of Owens’ ongoing long-term goals since joining USA Climbing has been getting climbing recognized as a sanctioned NCAA sport. Also, just last month USA Climbing announced the recipients of the 2020 Collegiate Climbing Ambassador Scholarships.
USA Climbing is asking anyone interested in being considered for the volunteer positions to submit a Letter of Interest and a resume to the chair of USA Climbing’s Nominating and Governance Committee, Charles Lamb. The deadline for applications is May 31. More information about the open positions can be found here.
John Burgman is the author of High Drama, a book that chronicles the history of American competition climbing. He is a Fulbright journalism grant recipient and a former magazine editor. He holds a master’s degree from New York University and bachelor’s degree from Miami University. In addition to writing, he coaches a youth bouldering team. Follow him on Twitter @John_Burgman and Instagram @jbclimbs