In this June digest meet a returning Coach in Training, Boston; experience a heartfelt historical wrestling event; and see where Providence student-athletes are leveling up their game!
This monthly newsletter shares with you only the top highlights from BTSNE founding cities–Boston and Providence, and you will learn about how our organization is managing impact in New England. Find out how you can be a part of it too!
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Beat the Streets New England Programming Highlight of the Month :
Meet CIT Returning Alumnus Michael!
Michael is from the 2022 graduating class at Boston Latin Academy in Roxbury. He joined the 2020 Coaches in Training program, geared for grades 8 through 12, wanting to develop stronger technical, communicative, and leadership skills so that he can pass his knowledge on to the next generation. He loves how wrestling can teach a person how to overcome hardship and adjust, and likes to build computers in his spare time.
This summer, he is a returning alumnus with a certification in SafeSport alongside USA Wrestling Copper and Bronze Certifications. Michael is coming back because, “Being a part of this [CIT] program means setting an example for other students in Boston. I enjoy being able to go through whatever challenges I may face in life, but still finding that bit of room to attend a wrestling practice everyday to top it off. No matter the circumstance, I find my reason to come into practice, and show my passion for that sport that I participate in. Some may know of the challenges I face at home being from an immigrant family, but setting that example of what discipline looks like is something that I value heavily, and have learned through the organization."
Michael has stayed active in the community and is a part of the BYW family. Since last summer he has been assisting in managing our community meal site and participating in partnership training events, such as LLEGO–Latinos in Law Enforcement Group of Boston.
“Being a part of the LLEGO program made me feel like I have a say in future police ordeals that may take place in Boston. Being able to teach a police officer another way of dismantling a difficult situation, that doesn't involve them pulling out their weapon makes me feel like I'm taking initiative in the issues of police brutality that we face today. It was a fun experience being able to wrestle with police officers in an environment where everyone felt safe and respected, yet I was able to throw down with much older men and women while holding my own, and was able to spread my knowledge of wrestling.”
Spotlighting a Historical Bostonian Wrestling Event:
Just as monumental as the first World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship organized on May 23, 1904– over 100 years later, our Boston Co-founder, Jose Valenzuela, celebrates a local wrestling event that will mark history in two important ways–Massachusetts sanctions in-person activities and two varsity teams wrestle for the first time, ever! Fun Fact–Boston Latin School is the oldest public school in America!
Beat the Streets New England Providence- Spring Programming :
Thanks to our partnership with Providence Parks and Recreation, we are outdoors at Dexter Park Providence this Spring on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
25 student-athletes show up regularly to enjoy the fresh air, warm sunshine, and practice their moves!
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BTSNE extends a heartfelt thank you to-ELMS Family Fund: Gene & Melina Goldstein!
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