Detroit -Beat the Streets USA Wrestling
In several weeks history will be made in one of America's largest cities when the Beat the Streets-Detroit launches its initial program on September 15, 2009.
The Co-Directors, Mark Churella, former 3X NCAA Champion and Mike Rodriguez, 2X NCAA Runner-up both wrestled at the University of Michigan located nearby in Ann Arbor.
In 2007, Mike was recognized nationally as the coach with the most wins in high school wrestling with 732. He coached at Detroit Catholic Central HS for 51 years where his teams won 7 State High School Championships.
Cliff Keen Products, once again, as they have done in New York City, is donating all the head guards.
Jim Keen, President of Cliff Keen Products, was very instrumental in the development of urging the Detroit community to begin a Beat the Streets Wrestling Program. The company will also be supplying 100 uniforms and practice gear for the entire program.
Asics and AC Sports will be providing discounted shoes to all the wrestlers as it does for all new cities who launch Beat the Streets programs.
The Detroit organization is a 501C3 not for profit and have partnered with the City of Detroit Recreation Department, Detroit Public Schools and the Southwest Neighborhood Association.
Registrations has already begun with the distribution of flyers and posters throughout the middle schools and recreation areas in the city.
Mark Churella is providing the mat and found space in Mexican Town for the program. According to Jim Keen, "In addition, and probably most importantly, Mike Rodriguez is providing all his time for coaching these kids. You couldn't find a better person than Mike to head this up with all his lifetime experiences with these kids. He's the best there is."
Al Bevilacqua, Chairman of the Beat the Streets USA Wrestling program, "USA Wrestling is excited to add Detroit to its newly created national effort that began in 2008. Detroit, a city with 1.8 million people and 79 public high schools do not have 1 school with schoolboy wrestling.
The city itself has been savaged by the economic downturn. Now, at least their kids will have an opportunity of becoming involved with a great activity. "
The organization has found an ideal location in the Mexican neighborhood and will be using the Patton Recreation Center that is surrounded by several middle schools. The Patton Recreation facility is "the place" that is familiar with youth activities in the area.
The kids will now be exposed to the "magic of wrestling."
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