Sep 16, 2013
04:48 AMConnecticut Today
Rappelling Down the Side of a Stamford Building to Aid Special Olympics Connecticut
Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register
Connecticut Digital First Media reporter Jack Coraggio experiences the adrenaline of rappelling down the 15-story building at 101 Park Place at Harbor Point in Stamford, Conn., Thursday, September 12, 2013 during a fundraising event for Connecticut Special Olympics organized by Over the Edge.
Rappelling down a 15-story building is kind of like taking an elevator down a 15-story building. Except, you’re on the exterior of the building and instead of a carpeted floor directly beneath there’s 15 stories of gravitational pull until a pavement sidewalk.
So I guess it’s really nothing like a comfy elevator ride, but it is windier. Oh, but that view, which is really just incidental and only available if you have the audacity to look anywhere but straight ahead. For the minute or so that I crashed down that Stamford apartment building Thursday afternoon, the stucco siding of 101 Park Place was my whole world.
The event was hosted by “Over the Edge,” a Canada-based professional rappelling agency, and it was to raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut. This is the third year they’ve gone over the edge to build funds and awareness, and this is the second year in the City that Works.
“We wanted to do this in Stamford because we wanted the visibility,” said Beau Doherty, president of Special Olympics Connecticut. “We’re trying to build the number of (Special Olympics) athletes.”
Visibility was optimal for the people living in the succession of apartments which I slid in measurements past like I was going slowly down the world’s longest fire pole. Since it was the middle of a workday few were home, which may be for the best. If I didn’t look like a window washer without window washing gear then I looked like the world’s most safety-conscious cat burglar, helmet and harness and all.
Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It currently serves 14,815 athletes and partners throughout the state through local, regional and state programs.