WRESTLING PROGRAM EMPOWERS YOUNG PEOPLE
BY TIA CAROL JONES
program, Beat the Streets Chicago, which started in 1994, with a mission to empower youth through wrestling. It serves young people between the ages of 4 and 23. In 2018, Mile Powell became
the Executive Director.
participate in the program, which includes mentoring and tutoring, as well as workshops.
Beat the Streets Chicago. During the summer, Beat the Streets Chicago has summer enrichment camp where young people take classes.
Streets’ program for a couple of months. The 13-year- old came to watch her cousins wrestle when a coach suggested she try out wrestling. As a girl wrestler, Griffin said sometimes it’s difficult wrestling with the boys, but she likes being a girl
wrestler. She’s being learning different techniques. Her favorite move is the double leg. While she didn’t win her first dual, she did learn what to do differently to improve her outcome in future duals.
around wrestling his entire life. His father and uncle also
the rest of his life. He said wrestling has changed his life and will always be part of his life. He recommends other young people who want to start wrestling to try it out.
a year and a half. Participating in the program also has made him improve as a person, building the circle around him and building his confidence. It was suggested that he get into wrestling as a high school freshman while he was on his high school’s football team.
want to regret in the future.
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