With the recent focus on the future of Olympic wrestling -- as well as anticipation for the upcoming college wrestling season – it’s also an unbeatable time to help prepare youngsters for potential future mat greatness.
Jim Brown, Cedar Rapids businessman and wrestling supporter, established the “Wrestling for Life” wrestling camp scholarship fund on Friday, inviting fellow fans to contribute.
Brown established the fund to help young middle-school wrestlers whose families cannot afford to pay to participate in instructional camps and clubs.
“I already have eight scholarship requests for camps coming up on September 28 and October 5 and only enough money so far to make three of those kids happy,” Brown wrote at the Wrestling for Life fundraiser website. “Remember - this is a national effort. Once we get rolling, we hope to be able to provide scholarships to kids anywhere in the U.S.”
As funds get cut from middle school budgets young people are losing opportunities to learn wrestling's lessons,” according to Brown. “Others have taken up the sport but their families lack the financial resources to avail themselves of youth wrestling clubs and camps. All funds will be used to provide camp scholarships to needy middle school wrestlers. We have an immediate need for four scholarships to a camp at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa ($200 total) on September 28, and six for one at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on October 5-6 ($480 total).”
According to Brown, he has already received donations from legendary wrestler-coach Dan Gable, as well as Jim Miller, recently retired Wartburg College head wrestling coach, and Al Bevilacqua, former Hofstra University coach who is the man behind the Beat The Streets program that brings wrestling to urban youth.
Want to know more? Visit the Wrestling for Life website.
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