Over the Edge: Scaling Down

Every year, Raleigh’s bravest citizens take the plunge 30 stories over the edge of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center building in order to support Special Olympics. In rappelling down the skyscraper, participants mirror the courage that Special Olympics athletes must also show when facing challenges on the field, in the pool and on the court. The following Raleighites share why they chose to participate in the challenge or what surprised them the most after taking their own valiant leap of faith.

Rachel Lamm, 20, Student

“I have been a volunteer with Special Olympics since middle school. These athletes show bravery and determination every day, so I figured I might as well brave 30 stories! I actually felt extremely calm during the process- everyone made me feel very safe and secure.”

Gina V. Hawkins, 50, Chief of Police, Fayetteville NC

“How nervous I was to take the first leap; after that I enjoyed myself. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.”

Ken Smith, WRAL Anchor

“At the time, I was an SONC board member and was asked to participate. I was hesitant at first because I am deathly afraid of heights, but I decided “why not.” I was ok until it came time for me to step up on the ledge of the Wells Fargo Building 30 stories up. The Over the Edge crew was amazing in calming me down. It took me about 20 minutes to get down the building but I made it. I felt such a sense of accomplishment, not just for myself but for this organization that means so much to me. Keith Fishburne and his staff run one of the most successful non-profits in this state, and I am proud to be affiliated with SONC.”

Kristine Hughes, 46, Athlete Leadership Manager at Special Olympics North Carolina

“Come join us at Over the Edge and face your fears. I know that you will walk away feeling courageous and confident in facing any challenge in front of you. After my first time, I felt so confident. I felt like I was on top of the world that day. “

Alica D’Anna, 41, School Receptionist

“What we didn’t expect was the excitement of meeting SONC athletes. Meeting people with physical and mental challenges who had faith and excitement and confidence in U.S. I appreciate every person that I have met. I look forward to seeing my Over the Edge, SONC this September…and every September to follow!”

Robin Callaway, 32, Harris Teeter Bagger & Bonefish Grill Kitchen Staff

“The biggest surprise was the height of the building. Looking at it from the street, it looks tall but when you’re on the very top it’s a lot taller than you expect.”

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