New JSU rock climbing club gets off the ground

Students enjoy rock climbing wall shortly after the grand opening of the Recreation and Fitness Center in spring 2019. (Grace Cockrell/JSU)Students enjoy rock climbing wall shortly after the grand opening of the Recreation and Fitness Center in spring 2019. (Grace Cockrell/JSU)

Keeley Tibbitts, News Correspondent

Southern Senders, the new JSU rock climbing team, is a brand new club that currently has sixteen members, and they are accepting any student who is interested. Aaron Tucker, a JSU student, officially started this club on August 29 and serves as the president.

“I’m starting the club because I want a chance for students to improve their rock climbing skills in a competitive way while making new friends. I’m also excited to introduce new people to the sport that they might not be familiar with” said Tucker.

The Southern Senders will be traveling to local competitions and all over the Southeast. They will also be taking trips to outdoor climbing facilities like Horse Pens 40 and Sandrock. 

“I am very excited to travel to other schools and have the opportunity to meet students who share the same interests as us” said Tucker. 

Teryn Schwind, the team secretary, said “I love rock climbing, and I get to meet new people and be around people who are just as passionate as I am.” Schwind also said they will be practicing after hours at the Recreation and Fitness Center with their coach. 

The JSU rock climbing team will be competing soon, and they are selling shirts with their logo to support the team.

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