NCAA, LOC helping Beat the Streets
Donation and sponsorship of youth clinic part of assistance
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA and the Philadelphia Local Organizing Committee will make a donation of $25,000 to the Beat the Streets Philadelphia organization as part of the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. In addition, the NCAA and Beat the Streets Philadelphia will team together to sponsor a wrestling youth clinic during the championships. The clinic will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Wells Fargo Center.
“The NCAA is committed to supporting the academic and athletic pursuits of young people as they prepare themselves for the future,” said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president of championships. “Beat the Streets Philadelphia has shown they have similar goals for the local youth and it’s exciting for us to help with this initiative.”
Beat the Streets’ goal is to use the sport of wrestling to reach as many kids as possible to help them develop character traits that will allow them to succeed not only on the wrestling mat, but in the classroom and in life.
“Beat the Streets Philadelphia is extremely humbled and thankful for such a generous donation by the NCAA,” said Chris Hanlon, executive director of Beat the Streets Philadelphia. “This support will allow us to create opportunities for a large number of youth student-athletes in the inner city of Philadelphia. It is truly a testament to the NCAA’s effort to leave a positive impact on the community of Philadelphia following the 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships.”
“Beat the Streets is providing invaluable new opportunities for youth in Philadelphia,” said Roger Reina, chairman of the Philadelphia Local Organizing Committee. “The sport of amateur wrestling provides meaningful life lessons in determination, commitment, dedication and perseverance. We celebrate the NCAA’s vision and generosity to support Beat the Streets, providing an even broader impact on young lives here in our city.”
Approximately 240 youth wrestlers are scheduled to take part in the clinic, with the majority of them being wrestlers who participate on one of eight youth programs that Beat the Streets sponsors throughout Philadelphia’s inner city. The clinic will feature a number of current and former wrestling coaches and student-athletes as instructors, including: Matt Valenti, assistant wrestling coach at Pennsylvania and two-time NCAA Division I national champion; Brandon Slay, two-time NCAA Division I wrestling All-American at Pennsylvania and 2000 Olympic gold medalist; and Doug Umbehauer, 2009 NCAA Division I wrestling All-American at Rider.
The 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be held on March 17-19 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.