Stingrays on the Ropes!
We love having the South Carolina Stingrays to light up the night of sports enthusiasts in the LowCountry…and our ropes! Wild Blue Ropes was excited to welcome our very own local hockey team to join us for some team building and fun on the ropes last week! The Stingrays are a duel affiliate for both the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins this year.
Interestingly, only a few of these players have ever experienced a high ropes challenge course before! Fortunately for them, the cooler weather that day wasn’t an issue! In fact, one player even showed up in shorts and went through the whole evening that way. After introductions, everyone was ready to get to work on improving team chemistry and communication.
Being able to communicate is key when these guys are on the ice together, which showed right away during our ground exercises! Once in the air, players were paired with a partner and asked to complete at least two elements with their eyes closed using only verbal cues from each partner.
While up on the course, one well-known player was mentioning his extreme fear of heights. Once he slipped on an element for the first time and noticed he could trust our smart belay system to hold him in the air, he felt much more comfortable. He was even amazed when he found himself tackling some of our toughest elements 35 feet in the air! Wild Blue Ropes helps people overcome fears of all shapes and sizes, every single day. We would like to thank the Carolina Stingrays for joining us this week and we wish them the best of luck with the rest of their season.
Marcus Shock received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a Minor in Business from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Originally from Maryland, Marcus moved to the Low Country in November of 2013. For the past three years, Marcus has been very involved with Special Olympics North Carolina, volunteering his time as a coach for two different sports. Using his expertise from his early college years as a varsity soccer player at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Marcus coached soccer and track and field for Special Olympics North Carolina. Through this experience, Marcus has made life-long friendships and has been rewarded by seeing every one of his athletes succeed in ways they never thought possible. Marcus currently works as a course guide, team building facilitator and is a member of the marketing team at Wild Blue Ropes.