Over two consectuve weeks in July, Beat the Streets LA welcomed 45 boys and girls to the DTLA Wrestling Academy for the first annual Summer Academy.
Similar to Futures Camp, the Summer Academy mixed wrestling, team-building games, and outdoor activies in hopes to teach them life skills and values that will empower them to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Each day began with lunch from Eastside Market, chess lessons from Beat the Streets LA staff, followed by a walk to local museums and parks in Downtown Los Angeles. Each day concluded with wrestling practice and scatter ball – a favorite game among Beat the Streets wrestlers.
Students made their way to Vista Hermosa Natural Park for a game of kickball and Los Angeles City Hall to catch a glimpse of the city from the 27th Floor Oberservation Deck during week one of the Summer Academy.
Week two opened with a chess tournament that crowned Sam Bird, Aziza Carrillo and Brandon Yoo as Chess Champions in their respective divisions. Camp continued with tours of the Los Angeles Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad Museum of Contemporary Art.
To wrap up the camp experience, students enjoyed a day of swimming at Echo Park Deep Pool. Beat the Streets thanks Coach Roman Hernandez (San Pedro), Josue Cruz (Fremont), Juan Estrada (Topanga), Adlee Fayyaz (Century YAL), Sarah Saenz (Hope Gardens), Christian Fagan (DTLA) and Mateo Hanley (BTSLA Volunteer) for making the camp a sucess.
With summer rapidly ending, we look forward to start of the 2017-18 wrestling season. It will be here before we know it.