Rappel raises funds for Philadelphia Outward Bound School

Hayley Boyle, an alum of Philadelphia Outward Bound School, will rappel Friday in the school's fundraiser. Credit: Provided
Hayley Boyle, an alum of Philadelphia Outward Bound School, will rappel Friday in the school’s fundraiser. Credit: Provided

Hayley Boyle is definitely paying it forward.

She calls raising money for Philadelphia Outward Bound School — programming that helped her cope after her half brother’s death — both “amazing” and “overwhelming.”

The culmination of her and others’ fundraising effort is Friday when the school’s biggest fundraiser, “Building Adventure 2013,” will see hundreds of business leaders, local celebrities and youth rappel down One Logan Square.

Outward Bound, started in Philadelphia in 1992, teaches students character development and leadership through outdoor and wilderness events.

“We teach students how to work together in teams, how to navigate and work together to overcome some challenging obstacles,” said Katie Newsom Pastuszek, Outward Bound’s local executive director.

Mayor Nutter's rappel last year. Credit: Provided
Mayor Nutter’s rappel last year. Credit: Provided

Boyle, of Collingswood, N.J., participated in the school’s eight-day bereavement program to help her overcome her brother’s fatal heroin overdose in 2007.

Now 23, Boyle said the program not only taught her how to challenge herself physically but “to work though your emotions and that sense of hopelessness and abandonment.”

She credits the course as a stepping-stone in her life and will return the favor this Friday to rappel and raise funds for scholarships to help students — and veterans too — in several situations, some like hers.

It’s an “emotional whirlwind” for her, she said. Thursday, just a day before the rappel, marks the sixth anniversary of her half brother’s death — the reason she’s involved with Outward Bound. The group helped her to open up and talk to people about her family life.

“You’re not alone,” she said. “It’s about finding your community, finding your niche.”

Pastuszek said Outward Bound programming helps students “discover new edges” of their personalities. “The most distinct way to talk about Outward Bound is to recognize it takes a community to provide a child with roots.”

Rappellers this Friday include Mayor Michael Nutter, Sen. Vince Hughes, former Flyer Ed “Boxcar” Hospodar and many more.

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly

Follow City Editor Christina Paciolla on Twitter: @cpaciolla

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Train selfie star who got kicked in the…

  A 22-year-old Canadian man who posted a video of himself getting kicked in the head by a train conductor is set to cash in…

National

Call of Duty hoaxer blamed for $100K SWAT…

A heavilly-armed SWAT team and an army of police officers stormed a Long Island home fearing a grisly double homicide – only to find it…

National

Minnie Driver tweets naked celebrity snap to 'shut…

Actress Minnie Driver has responded to bitchy critics who sniped about her bikini body by Tweeting a naked picture of herself. The 44-year-old star of…

National

American middle classes no longer world's richest (guess…

America's middle classes are no longer the richest in the world – having been overtaken in the wealth stakes by their Canadian counterparts. For almost…

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

The Word

What we learned from the premiere of 'True…

Does watching someone's marriage implode make for great TV? The show runners at "True Tori" think Tori Spelling's heartbreak is hot stuff indeed.

NHL

Lundqvist, Rangers take control as Flyers falter in…

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist turned away 31 Flyers shots to give the Blueshirts the series edge with a 4-1 victory Tuesday nigh

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

NBA

Breaking down the Sixers top draft options

With the NBA Playoffs now in full force, there’s only one thing on the mind of Sixers fans at the moment -- the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

MLB

Metro one-on-one: Q&A with Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere

Charlie Manuel used to say that the Phillies go as Jimmy Rollins goes. Well, Ryne Sandberg might have a new Phillies catalyst, Ben Revere, in his midst.

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.