About Us

Our Mission

Memphis Rox brings rehabilitation, healing and a renewed sense of hope to challenged communities by providing a climbing facility and programs that foster relationships across cultural, racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

We exclude no one – regardless of ability to pay. 

Memphis Rox

The Memphis Rox Campus was founded in 2018, breaking ground on a five-acre lot in the heart of Soulsville, South Memphis — one of Tennessee’s most under-resourced communities. 

When you join Memphis Rox, you aren’t just joining a gym — you’re joining a community. Founded in 2018, our ethos is rooted in creating a culture of encouragement and empowerment both on and off the wall. We accomplish this by never turning anyone away, regardless of an inability to pay. Instead, we’ve reimagined currency. It’s not only about money, but manpower: a willingness to give what one can, be it a helping hand or simply an encouraging word. Our members who can pay-it-forward do so to support access for those who can’t, but everyone can get involved. Five volunteer hours per month equates to a four-week membership.  

Memphis Rox is the first nonprofit climbing gym of its size, standing at 32,000 sq ft with yoga and meditation space, a fitness area and system board. Our campus also houses Juice Almighty, our in-house cafe, the Soulsville Community Closet and an Educational Food Garden. At Rox, climbing is simply a metaphor for overcoming life’s obstacles, and we believe we climb higher when we climb together.

One Family Memphis

One Family Memphis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Memphis, Tennessee that acts as the parent company Memphis Rox and other service initiatives on our campus in Soulsville, USA. Founded in 2018 by Writer and Director Tom Shadyac, our organization works to provide resources to surrounding communities while cultivating a new generation of diverse leaders through recreation, education and inspiration.

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Board of Directors

Tom Shadyac

Robert Machen
2018 – Present

Chris Hughes
2018 – Present

Rajon Blanding
2018 – Present

Susannah Herring
2018 – Present

Tom Lawrence
2019 – Present

Marcy Stagner
2019 – Present

Conrad Anker
2020 – Present

Kera Wright
2020 – Present

Michelle Miller
2022 – Present

Kevin Johnston

2021 – Present

Rosalyn Knox


Annual Reports

The One Family Memphis annual report provides an overview of the organization’s accomplishments for the previous year and a summary of the organization’s financial operations. Annual reports are available below. 

For more information on One Family Memphis and our financial operations, contact our Office Manager at 901-410-8700 or accounting@onefamilymem.org.