October 14, 2015 | On Saturday October 3rd, BTSLA welcomed NCAA Champion and 2016 Olympic Hopeful Kyven Gadson to Los Angeles for a unique learning opportunity for local youth wrestlers. Gadson, an Iowa State University graduate, was recently named “Big 12 Champion for Life”, an initiative of the Big 12 Conference highlighting the personal successes of it’s student-athletes.
The clinic, hosted by Fremont High School in South Los Angeles, served as the kick-off event to BTSLA’s 2015-2016 Season. More than 120 athletes and coaches were treated to Gadson’s elite wrestling knowledge and a powerful message of reaching for your goals.
“If you set high goals for yourself, and fall short, you still achieve some great things. My goal last season was to be an undefeated NCAA Champion. I wasn’t able to achieve that goal after I lost a match during the season. But in facing that adversity, I was still able to become an NCAA Champion. Because I set those high goals, even though I didn’t achieve my #1 goal, I was still able to reach a great accomplishment.” shared Gadson.
“When you leave here today I want you to set high goals for yourself and then go reach them!”
Gadson finished the day by showing his his signature move “The Gadson” which was the move he executed to win the NCAA Championship last season over Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder.
He also promised to come back to Los Angeles after the Rio Olympics.
“After I go to Rio and win an Olympic Gold Medal, I promise I’ll come back to see you, and I’ll buy ice cream for everyone!”, Gadson said, referring to his #IJustWantSomeIceCream tagline that went viral on social media following his NCAA Championship interview on national tv last season.
Photos by Dana Barsuhn.