Their message is simple. Rappelling down the side of a building pales in comparison to the challenges some people face every day of their lives. On Dec. 9, hundreds of people will take that frightening first step off the 27-story, 415-foot-high CityScape building in Phoenix, all for a good cause.
The annual Over the Edge event raises money and awareness for Special Olympics. “You may be wondering what rappelling down a skyscraper has to do with Special Olympics, the answer is simple,” the Over the Edge website states. “If you are a person with intellectual disabilities, you encounter adversities daily. You must have courage to try something that doesn’t come easily to you.