The Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA on Lake Allatoona renamed its climbing tower for a Olen Reid Ashe III, a Georgia Tech student and former camp staffer killed in a skydiving accident.
The 60-foot structure will became the Reid Ashe Memorial Climbing Tower.
Toby Bramblett, YMCA executive director, described Ashe as a “rock for this facility” in his role as action learning coordinator. For the past two summers, Ashe, of Richmond, Va., managed the YMCA’s climbing towers and lead off-site climbing trips.
“This is a way for us to remember him,” Bramblett said. “He made an impact on that wall. That’s a way for us to continue the tradition of Reid.”
Ashe, 23, died in July after an apparent parachute malfunction caused him to fall to his death at SkydiveTheFarm in Rockmart. It was a 299th career jump for Ashe, who was involved in the sport since his freshman year and was once a member of Tech’s student skydiving club.