“Manifest Destiny was a phrase used by politicians and leaders in the United States in the 1840s to justify and promote territorial expansion across the North American continent by providing a sense of mission to citizens.
It promoted this sense of mission by fomenting a desire to establish a large empire-like nation in which the ideals of democracy, freedom, and progress are ostensibly protected and promoted.”;
In a way, it was our belief that as we began the Beat the Streets –New York City initiative, several of us had the belief that we could begin a movement that will not only expand wrestling but also help by selling large urban centers of the country on the transformational values and the impact that wrestling has on young boys and girls. Dan Gable was correct and we use his quote a great many times in our recruiting presentations.
“America Needs Wrestling” now more than ever!
Wrestling gets a ton of kids to try wrestling every year. Our problem is that many do not continue with the sport.
That is more of a programming and the delivery of how we service new participants as well as a marketing/financial problem.
Los Angeles is very big for us as it is the second largest city in the country with little or no wrestling. New York City in 2004, at least 23 high schools with wrestling. Chicago has more but no middle schools.
Los Angeles has already hired a great full-time person in Yero Washington a with a Board that is committed to the program.
The Beat the Streets USA Wrestling has been working on building up the West Coast to connect to our East Coast development. There are a huge number of people that reside in these urban cities.
San Francisco is already on board and has begun with their inaugural program.
Bakersfield, La Jolla and Seattle are organizing their Boards and going through the qualification process and should be online in a few months.
Any promotion you can provide will be welcomed…I am getting older by the day and need help!
Beat the Streets USA
1513 E. Branch Rd.
State College, PA 16801