Norris Cole Foundation’s Cole Climb set for March 16 at Kettering Tower

It’s not too late to register for the chance to climb the stairs of Dayton’s tallest building and help a local charity. The Cole Climb is slated for Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kettering Tower in downtown Dayton. Participants can climb 30 flights of stairs to benefit the Norris Cole Foundation.

A former Dunbar High School and Cleveland State University standout, Cole was part of two NBA championships with the Miami Heat and now plays in the Montenegrin League.

He started the foundation to inspire academic achievement and build character for young athletes.

First responders, adults and teams are welcome. Children can climb 10 flights or complete the full climb. The youngest person to date to finish the climb is a 9-year-old girl.

Those who register by March 15 will receive t-shirts. Cost for the climb is $35. The rate for military members and first-responders is $15. The price for a team is $140 for a group of six.

Participants can still sign up on the day of the event for a higher rate. Trophies and medals will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place climbers. 

Participants can register and pick up their race day packets on race day at 8 a.m.

Norris will not be at the Cole Climb because of his playing schedule, but he will return to Dayton this summer to continue his foundation’s mission.  

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