Aug. 9, 2014
- Last week, the Wisconsin wrestling program hosted Beat the Streets-Madison, a nonprofit wrestling program created to expand wrestling in the area by helping at-risk kids through discipline, structure and mentorship, while developing wrestling from youth through the Olympic level.
From Aug. 4-8, young wrestlers grades K-8 were able to take part in the clinic located in the UW wrestling room. More than 50 young wrestlers participated in the five-day clinic for two hours each day.
Greg Schroeder, President of Beat the Streets-Madison, said the most unique thing about the clinic is that many big names were able to take a hands-on approach to teaching participants. Instructors included Wisconsin wrestling head coach Barry Davis
, volunteer administrative assistant Mitch Hull
and standout Badger wrestler Lee Kemp.
"It's fun for the kids to see some of the former Badger wrestlers and coaches," Schroeder said. "I think it's a neat experience to just be in the wrestling room here and meet some of the successful Badger wrestlers, and to be in the same facilities that the badgers practice in and getting attention from the coaches."
Beat the Streets is a program that was originally started by the USA Wrestling Program, but has since expanded to a number of cities across the country. The Mission of the Beat the Streets USA Wrestling Program is to expand Wrestling in America's Urban Centers helping at-risk kids through discipline and structure, while also developing wrestling from the youth through the Olympic level in these cities. The goal is to provide opportunities for boys and girls in the activity of wrestling, also building lifelong skills.
"If they have fun and see this as fun, they will want to be part of it," Hull said. "The end goal of this is to put people in a better situation as they get older so they can succeed."