The nonprofit New Flyers Association empowers student aviators to improve their soaring skills under the tutelage of certified flight instructors. Whether taking off for the first time on an introductory flight or logging hours in pursuit of a Sport Pilot license, pupils experience the freedom of winged travel aboard such flying machines as a Flight Design CTLS or Piper Cherokee, depending on availability. The association makes its nest in hangar A-10 at The Ohio State University?s Don Scott Airport, a general aviation airport that allows students to learn fundamentals in a professional environment that's safer than jumping from the top bunk bed.
The 4,000 square feet of climbing space at Vertical Adventures encompasses terrain for top roping, bouldering, and lead climbing under the watchful supervision of a trained staff. The gym challenges wall scramblers to test both their physical endurance and problem-solving skills as they take on the top-rope courses, which represent the majority of the routes and tower as high as 25 feet. Rather than let new patrons become overwhelmed by the variety of courses or get stranded at the top without reading material, the gym?s instructors also conduct lessons for all climbing levels to help climbers improve technique and conquer fears.
An award-winning competitive cheer program, Step One Allstars coaxes the spirit out of children and high schoolers with cheerleading lessons and competitions. Led by nationally certified instructors, group classes and individual lessons tackle the intricacies of tumbling for students of all experience levels. Beginners can try out Tumbling 1, while veteran gymnasts tackle Tumbling 5, which requires prerequisites such as the ability to do a back handspring while burping the local high school’s fight song. Instructors also lead sessions to practice cheer stunts and to improve basic flexibility. All of this practice pays off in the studio’s competition squads. Composed of cheerleaders and hip-hop dancers of all ages and experience levels, teams compete locally or travel distances to out-strut faraway opponents. When not spewing out cheers, the Step One crew lends their enthusiasm to various philanthropic causes, including the special-needs program and Adopt-A-Family-Christmas.
Increase Your Knowledge, a certified member of the American Heart Association, has been empowering people to saves lives since 1996. The organization's instructors host courses in resuscitating the heart and lungs with CPR, restoring the heartbeat with an AED device, and treating injuries with first aid. They also lead Basic Life Support classes for health-care providers.