YMCA holds commemorative stair climb in remembrance of 9/11

Donations for Shreveport-Bossier first responders being collected
YMCA hosts stair climb event to honor victims of 9-11.
YMCA hosts stair climb event to honor victims of 9-11.(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 8:30 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2022 at 10:35 PM CDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - To pay tribute to the 2,977 people who lost their lives on 9/11, the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana held a commemorative stair climb.

This is the fifth year the YMCA hosted this all-day event. They opened their doors to members and non-members. Everyone in the community was invited to strive to reach the goal of climbing 1,980 steps, the same number of steps that were in the World Trade Center.

“We believe part of our role is to serve as a conscience for our community,” said Gary Lash, CEO of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana. “It is our responsibility to remind people daily of the importance of wellness. And it is our job to provide a place where the community can come together for various important events. Our commemorative stair climb is one of the days of the year when we fulfill our mission most fully.”

YMCA hosts stair climb event to honor victims of 9-11.
YMCA hosts stair climb event to honor victims of 9-11.(KSLA)

Eight stairmasters were set up in the lobby of the BHP YMCA for this event. Stairmasters could be reserved for 25-minute time slots beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

Participants who donated $10 or more, or who climbed 110 flights of stairs, received a commemorative 9/11 pin for their contributions. All funds go to first responders in Shreveport-Bossier City.

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