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March 5, 2008, Boulder, COThe Access Fund is pleased to announce the launch of a new program, the boulderProject TeamWorks competition. With the cooperation of team coaches, indoor youth climbing gym teams will host or participate in Access Fund Adopt-a-Crag events all while amassing points. As a reward for their stewardship efforts in taking care of the places we all play, the top 10 teams will win a cash grant between $250 and $2000 for their youth program.“In addition to the $2000 top prize, the first place team will also receive the “Golden Toothbrush” award presented by REI and a full page write up in Urban Climber Magazine. Our partners in this project have really stepped up.” says Charlie Boas, the Access Fund’s Grassroots Coordinator who heads the boulderProject TeamWorks and Adopt-a-Crag programs.boulderProject TeamWorks would not be possible without the generous support of REI, The North Face, USA Climbing, and Skram Media. Additional support provided by CLIF Bar, Nalgene, Leave No Trace, and Routsetter.comFor more information or to sign your team up, visit www.boulderproject.org/teamworks. The TeamWorks resource package includes Adopt-a-Crag information, Access Fund route setting tape, and Access Fund logo posters.About boulderProject TeamWorksTeamWorks educates young indoor climbers on the transition from inside to outside environments by focusing on Leave No Trace ethics and responsible rock climbing habits. It instills and fosters a sense of stewardship and pride in caring for our outside climbing environments leading to long term conservation of and access to climbing areas. For more information visit www.boulderproject.org/teamworks.About the Access FundThe Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing; rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: public policy, stewardship & conservation (including grants), grassroots activism, climber education, and land acquisition. For more information visit www.accessfund.org.