Best wishes in 2018 from all of us at Beat the Streets Los Angeles!
We capped off 2017 with our most successful Annual Benefit to date. On October 29, 2017 we welcomed the women’s freestyle wrestling teams from Team USA and Team Japan to Little Tokyo, Los Angeles for an international competition in the courtyard of the Japanese-American Cultural & Community Center in front of an overflowing audience of 1,000 spectators. The competition headlined our Annual Benefit campaign that raised $250,000 to fund our sports-based youth development programs. These funds are critical as we expand our efforts to more communities in the Los Angeles area.
As we march into 2018, we are excited to watch the continued development of the girls and boys in our Beat the Streets Los Angeles programs. This year, we will make a positive impact into the lives of more youth than ever before. We are honored to have such hard working coaches and mentors leading each program. Thanks to their daily dedication, the youth of Beat the Streets Los Angeles are developing the skills to help build them into tomorrow’s leaders.
Our first event of 2018 will be a Wrestling Jamboree on January 21st at John C. Fremont High School. This event replaces the Fall Jamboree that was originally scheduled for December 10, 2017 but was cancelled due to the effects of the Creek Fire.
At the jamboree, we will welcome new programs at the Girls Athletic Leadership School and Marshall Fundamental School to their first ever wrestling competition. Along with these new programs, wrestlers at our 16 other currently operating middle school and community programs will take to the mats for the first competition of the 2017-18 season.
As we press forward through the season, we anticipate expanding opportunities for youth to wrestle at an additional 5-8 new programs.
Throughout the remainder of our 2017-18 season, we are look forward to:
- February 11, 2018 — Winter Jamboree at Canoga Park High School
- February 25, 2018 — Beat the Streets LA Championships at John C. Fremont High School
- April 7, 2018 — Angel City Grand Prix (all-girls freestyle wrestling tournament) at Rio Hondo College
- June 18-21 (boys) and June 25-28 (girls), 2018 — Futures Camp at Arrowhead Ranch Outdoor Science School in Lake Arrowhead, CA
- July 16-19 and July 23-26, 2018 — Downtown Summer Academy at our facility located at Belmont High School.
Thanks to your support, Beat the Streets Los Angeles is able to be much more than a wrestling program. This summer, we will take 50 boys and 50 girls to Futures Camp in Lake Arrowhead, California. For some, it will be their first time away from home. For some, it will be their first experience roasting a marshmallow over a fire. For all, it will be an experience of a lifetime to deepen friendships, develop wrestling skills, and learn outdoor science from the naturalists of the Arrowhead Ranch Outdoor Science School.
It is through experiences like this weekend’s jamboree, Futures Camp, and day-to-day coaching and mentoring that helps empower and transform the lives of youth through the sport of wrestling.