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A ribbon was cut to officially open the 50-foot alpine climbing tower at the YMCA’s adventure course on March 22 when teams from Southwest Georgia Bank came to experience Phase I of the course, which includes team building low elements and dual zip lines.

Moultrie YMCA CEO Greg Coop, Moultrie YMCA Chair Lisa Zeanah and other Y board members and staff gathered with Senior Vice President and Trust Officer Geraldine Luff, Executive Vice President and COO John Cole, and Vice President and Trust Officer Rick Holland and other bank representatives for the grand opening of Phase II of the Y’s Adventure Course.  

Earlier this year, the YMCA received a $50,000 grant from the Waldo DeLoache Testamentary Charitable Trust and an $8,000 donation from Southwest Georgia Bank to complete Phase II of the Adventure Course adding an Alpine Climbing Tower. The trust, administered by Southwest Georgia Bank, has donated a total of $120,000 toward Phases I and II of the Adventure Course project which includes low elements for team building and training sessions and high elements for confidence building and thrills, including dual zip lines and the new tower.

The tower is a climbing structure that challenges individuals and groups, not only through climbing, but learning to work as a team through belaying and spotting one another. It includes three routes with varying degrees of difficulty. Adding the tower allows the Y to program for larger groups of 40-50 at once, as participants can be rotated among the various course elements. In completing the various challenges presented by the Adventure Course, participants achieve higher self-esteem, improve problem solving skills, and gain a greater respect for teamwork.  

Future phases include educational pavilions for schools and a nature trail. In conjunction with the grand opening of Phase II, Southwest Georgia Bank employees participated in an afternoon of team building exercises utilizing the new facility.

The YMCA is happy to accommodate groups and birthday parties on a scheduled date. Pricing and structure of a group’s outdoor adventure is based on the number of participants and course elements chosen for the allotted time. In order to schedule your group, contact Stacy Flieder at the Moultrie YMCA, 985-1154.

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