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Mascots, Local VIPs and Do-Gooders to Rappel from the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s 46th Story to Raise Scholarship Funds for Local Students

City Skyline Challenge 2022

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Mascots, Local VIPs and Do-Gooders to Rappel from the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s 46th Story to Raise Scholarship Funds for Local Students

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – All day Thursday, May 5th, local leaders, celebrities, and adventure enthusiasts will rappel from the largest hotel on the West Coast – the Hilton San Francisco Union Square – to raise scholarship funds that will support youth and veterans’ participation in San Francisco-based Outward Bound California’s (OBCA) programs at the 7th Annual City Skyline Challenge.

After a two year hiatus, we are excited to get back together for this wild event and celebrate San Francisco, community and the needs of our youth and veterans.  The event features a full day of Bay Area civic leaders, local celebrities, entrepreneurs, students, educators, and individuals experiencing their own milestone moments of personal growth as they descend from the roof of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s 46th story tower outside the Cityscape Bar and LoungeOnlookers and an online audience of thousands will be able to join in the adventure while keeping their feet on the ground streaming the event live or watching from a neighboring roof deck. As downtown San Francisco reopens, companies bring employees back and tourism revives we are thrilled to be a part of the wave!

Livestream Coverage available HERE: 

All local donations on Thursday May 5th will be entered into a drawing for a 4pm rappel spot – give to enter HERE: 

Outward Bound California’s mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery. They serve over 3,000 students a year on 10,000 days of programming across California. Two in three OBCA students receive scholarship support and this event raises a large portion of the funds given out each year. So needed today, these experiential education programs, in both wilderness and urban settings, focus on belonging, reflection, physical engagement and courage. 

Through this event OBCA will raise over $300,000 to support scholarships! Help us get there by rappelling, fundraising, volunteering, promoting or donating –

2022 VIP Rappellers include: rappel times are approximate

  • 10am
  • Sourdough Sam, mascot for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Sister Golda Lox, activist and member of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence + 3 other Sisters!
  • 11am
  • Kerith Burke, NBC Bay Area Sports + Golden State Warriors Reporter
  • Khafre Jay, Executive Director of local non-profit Hip Hop for Change + students
  • 12pm
  • Esther Swen, Bay Area Buzz
  • 1pm
  • Curt Yagi, Executive Director of ROCK (real options for city kids) + students
  • 2pm
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, cast member Chance Marshaun Hill
  • 4pm
  • Liz Wamai, VP at Meta
  • Nettie Pardue, OBCA Executive Director
  • OBCA youth and veteran course participants

To be included on our confirmed press list or to inquire about rappelling, please email Emma Rapp

What: Outward Bound California’s City Skyline Challenge

When: Thursday, May 5th 

WhereHilton San Francisco Union Square – 333 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102


About Outward Bound California and the City Skyline Challenge
Outward Bound California’s City Skyline Challenge raises essential scholarship funds for local  students from under-resourced communities to experience Outward Bound California’s life-changing leadership education programs. This unique event empowers participants to help change the lives of students by challenging themselves, discovering firsthand what Outward Bound students discover everyday on-course — that they are capable of achieving more than they thought possible.

Outward Bound California (OBCA) is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs, with a 50 year history in the US, serving over 40,000 students annually. OBCA uses unique experiences in natural settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students to tap into their inherent potential as compassionate leaders and active participants in their communities. 

We work with students on a range of programs, from 1-day experiences on our San Francisco Challenge Course to multi-day rock climbing, backpacking and mountaineering courses ranging from 7 to 65 days long.  We work with students aged 12+, including adults, educators and veterans.  OBCA is deeply committed to opening up access for students and schools that have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces and programs and we do this through over 40 effective community partnerships.  As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarships to go on a course with us in the High Sierra, Southern California and in the Bay Area.

More than 20,000 students have taken part in Outward Bound California programs in partnership with public schools and student-serving nonprofits, including: San Francisco International High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Visitacion Valley Middle School; Leadership Public Schools, Urban Promise Academy and Bret Harte Middle School; Richmond’s Yes Nature to Neighborhoods, Friends of the Urban Forest, Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters of LA, Summer Search, Larkin Street Youth Services, and dozens upon dozens of others.

Learn more at

About Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hilton San Francisco Union Square is uniquely positioned in the heart of San Francisco. Bordering neighborhoods are culturally unique-to-San Francisco destinations which feature the city’s most popular attractions such as theaters, shopping, restaurants, cable cars, jazz clubs, museums, and speakeasies.

While the city outside of the hotel’s front door has a great buzz, the interior of the property is also alive with the same high-energy pulse that brings San Francisco to life for visitors from all over the world. From the time of arrival, guests feel the excitement of what native San Franciscans call, reverently, “The City.” Home to convention goers, families, tourists and the travel trade, the Hilton campus also features a variety of dining options, including the rooftop 46th floor Cityscape lounge, Herb N’ Kitchen grab-and-go market, a bustling Lobby Bar, onsite parking, a heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi as well as the neighboring Parc 55 Hilton for a total of almost 3,000 guest rooms in a two-block complex.

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Outward Bound: Emma Rapp, 540-270-5839 /

Hilton: Meg Towner,, David Perry / / (415) 676-7007