October 13th, 2011 by albevi1234
Atlanta, Georgia,9 September 2011 – Team Georgia Wresting, the non-profit state affiliate of USA Wrestling, recently announced its partnership with Beat the Streets USA Wrestling program to launch “Beat the Streets-Georgia” (BTSGA) wrestling initiative for students of middle school age boys and girls in Georgia.
Beat the Streets-Georgia, a 501c (3) nonprofit organization has initiated a funding program and will be seeking city, state and national grants as well as private/public resources to manage and maintain the rollout of new programs through 2015.
The Mission of Beat the Streets-Georgia (BTSGA) is to expand and develop kids programs in Georgia’s “at risk” communities. Teaching kids’ life skills through the sport of wrestling with an uncompromised commitment to safety, opportunity, character building, and physical training focused primarily on middle school age kids from “At Risk Schools”.
The “Beat the Streets Wrestling-Georgia” program has committed to help establish middle school programs in Georgia, focusing on at-risk students. The organization will attempt to foster the development of students by providing the resources to support an after school educational activity and aiding the academic environment of local schools and community programs alike.
The goal is to give Georgia at-risked students an identity and challenge, while building character, discipline and self-esteem. Above all, it will be a positive influence in their daily lives, along with the benefit of having fun while learning to deal with competitive situations.
The inaugural program in Georgia will be initiated at Radloff Middle School in Norcross, Ga.
According to Al Bevilacqua-Chairman of the Beat the Streets USA nationwide movement, “the program has taken a big step forward by securing the recognition and services of a USA Wrestling State Association like Team Georgia to implement and help to fund programs within their state.”
“Growing up in South Omaha I was one of those “At Risk Kids”. If not for getting involved in wrestling at Boystown in Nebraska I believe I would be dead or in prison as many of my childhood friends are. Wrestling taught me to work hard, overcome challenges and to set and achieve goals. These skills were critical in me becoming a success in business and as a community leader,” said Anthony Flatt, Chairman of the Georgia Amateur Wrestling Association and USA Wrestling’s 2010 State Chairman of the Year.
Under Flatt’s leadership, the Georgia Amateur Wrestling Association has in the past couple of years provided funds to help Shorter University, Treutt-McConnell College and Darton College to begin intercollegiate programs. The organization also helped sponsored the FCA Wrestling Summer Camp, and provided Georgia Public TV funding to enable the live coverage of the Georgia State High School Championships.
The entire Board of Directors of the USA-Georgia believe there are more than 100 “at risk” Middle Schools in Georgia. “This is within our mission of expanding wrestling in areas of the state of Georgia,” said Flatt.
USA Wrestling leaders are excited about this new initiative and the impact it will have on the lives of young people in Georgia.
“Beat the Streets is a wonderful program which has been very successful in many different areas. We are very pleased that our state association in Georgia is taking a leadership role in creating this program for the youth there. It will make a major impact,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender.
Team Georgia Wresting, the non-profit state affiliate of USA Wrestling. Visit the website for more detail.
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