On Oct. 6, Wisconsin’s Boundless Adventures again partnered with the Kenosha County Veteran Services Department and the local Pleasant Prairie VFW Post 7308 for a “Veterans Climb” fundraiser. The event benefits and honors veterans and their families with a free night of climbing at the park.
This year, the first for the typically annual event since 2019, approximately 150 people climbed, including special guest Jason Church, an Army vet who lost both legs in Afghanistan in 2012. Veterans and their families were invited to use the ropes course for free while other guests paid $45 per ticket. One hundred percent of proceeds benefited veterans and VFW Post 7308.
“One of the biggest things that every veteran faces—and certainly those who have lost some limbs—is overcoming obstacles,” said Church to the Kenosha press. “This type of set-up gives people the confidence to go and overcome the types of fears they think are holding them back in life.”
Overcoming obstacles is a primary mission of Boundless Adventures, which operates in a public-private partnership with Kenosha County Parks, according to its website. The park-within-a-park features six acres of obstacle courses of varying difficulty.
Brian Funtleyder, who owns Boundless Adventures along with his wife Lorrie, thanked the veterans for their service.
“I have one message to you guys: thank you,” said Funtleyder, in a Kenosha County report. “Thank you for keeping my family and my country safe. You are heroes, and you guys are appreciated.”
The Boundless Adventures ropes course is located within the Bristol Woods Park, part of the Kenosha County Park system. Boundless Adventures also has locations in New York and Massachusetts.