This morning, hundreds of climbers took to the stairs at the Bresnan Arena on the campus of MSU for a good cause.
The first–annual 'Climb to Feed Kids' is a team event that was put on to help support The Backpack Program.
The initiative provides a weekend's worth of meals to more than 500 area elementary schools.
How it works is food is placed discreetly into the student's backpack.
Lisa Hardesty, a participant says, "Its very heart–warming, I think we know some of the families and what a difference it makes."
Angie Nessler, a volunteer and participant of the event says, "It's such an excellent cause and it's just a great way to give back to the community."
The Mankato area derby M.A.D girls say, "We're all mothers so helping out a community filled with kids it brings back something to us also. It's also very meaningful to help our community. We love when all the little kids come up and see us after our bouts and its really heart–warming to have them out there supporting us and we can give back by supporting them."
Each team had to climb 768 stairs. The event raised more than 25,000 dollars.