Towering five stories high, the CSUSB Leadership Challenge Center is undergoing its final touch-ups preparing for its grand opening Wednesday, May 22nd.
Mark Oswood, the university Recreational Sports Outdoor Coordinator, claims that this leadership challenge center is unlike any other challenge course in the area.
“The center will be the first in the Inland Empire to encompass the needs of groups by allowing multiple participants to experience the high elements together,” said Oswood.
Located north of the Coussoulis Arena, the Leadership Challenge Center has over thirty different team building and leadership challenges for students, departments, clubs, staff, and off-campus organizations.
According to the CSUSB Leadership Challenge Center information page, the course will provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for people to step outside of their comfort zone and take a risk via these challenges.
The majority of these challenges are designed to take place 50 feet in the air on top of utility poles, all of which have the ability to withstand the elements known to the San Bernardino area.
The challenges include team elements portion that allows two to eight people to work together, as well as a portion that emphasizes support and goal setting for individuals or partners.
Some of the obstacles that may be faced with will include walking across a 30 inch utility pole, zip lining, or jumping for a trapeze, all while being suspended up to 50 feet in the air.
For those who prefer not to be suspended five stories in the air, there are also challenges built lower to the ground.
“The idea is to provide people with a means of developing leadership and development skills, as well as get groups to develop more of a bond amongst one another and hopefully further understand each other,” said Oswood.
Oswood, a graduate in recreational development from Sacramento State, has been leading and designing challenge courses since 1995.
One of the courses he designed in particular was the leadership challenge center at the University of California, Riverside in 2002.
Since his arrival at CSUSB, the challenge course has been something that he, along with Coyote Recreational Sports has wanted to provide for the university.
“It has always been one of those things we have wanted to provide for the school,” said Oswood, “thanks to a collaboration of funding provided by Associated Students Inc., Recreational Sports at CSUSB and the Student Success Initiative, we were able to make it happen.”
The grand opening is free to all students, staff, and community members in the Inland Empire.
Those who attend must be at least ten years of age, sign a release form, and wear closed toed shoes in order to participate in the challenges.
Scheduled events of the grand opening include guest speakers as well as a ribbon cutting from 11 to 11:30am.
All who attend will have the opportunity to participate in the course challenges after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
In addition to the course, Rec Sports will be providing food and giveaways to attendees.