Founded in 1998 by legendary rock climber & prAna Ambassador Chris Sharma, the Sharmafund is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving underprivileged kids the enriching experience of outdoor rock climbing. The Sharmafund is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a registered public charity, which provides non-profit status to the Sharmafund. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
Since Chris Sharma began climbing at the age of 12, he has been shown a wealth of support from friends and sponsors in the climbing community. In the midst of his success as a professional climber, he realized that he wanted to turn his energy toward helping others. In the summer of 1998, he began volunteering at Yo! Basecamp Rock Climbing Camp, a summer camp founded by his close friends, Andy and Lisa Puhvel. Wanting to expand his generosity even further, Chris started the Sharmafund to send financially underprivileged kids to Yo! Basecamp.
The Sharmafund is dedicated to:
- Reaching out to financially underprivileged youth who wish to enrich their lives through rock climbing.
- Teaching them to push themselves, believe in themselves, and realize their strengths and limitless abilities.
- Inspiring them to connect with nature and realize the importance of preserving our wild lands.
- Bringing businesses in the outdoor industry together to make this type of outdoor experience available to young people who do not have the means.
Learn how you can help at http://sharmafund.com