Melanie Borger is the Youth Outreach Manager of RIVERSPORT Foundation, which manages a variety of urban adventure facilities including a whitewater center, ropes course, zip lines and biking trails for people of all ages and abilities. The aim of the organization is to inspire excellence, enhance communities, and change lives through Olympic sports and outdoor urban adventures.
The RIVERSPORT Foundation provides free program and facility access to youth and families from under-resourced neighborhoods, those who identify with a racial background that is under-represented in the outdoor industry, or anyone who encounters barriers to participation. Locally, RIVERSPORT is challenging the outdoor and physical fitness culture. In Oklahoma, kids who do not initially excel at traditional ball sports start to self-identify as being non-athletic. RIVERSPORT is redefining “athlete” by offering non-traditional water sports and outdoor recreation to youth from under-served communities.