WHO WE ARE

We are a non-profit youth development organization encouraging the athletic, academic and personal development of 8-18 year olds in underserved areas in the GTA through mentoring and amateur wrestling programs.

 

 

WHAT WE DO

We combine amateur wrestling with mentoring programs to give 8-18 year olds the support, encouragement and skills they need to realize their potential.  

 
 

WRESTLING

 The discipline, structure and “GRIT - passion and perseverance for long term goals” that come from learning one of the world’s oldest sports can be used to build confidence and achieve success both on and off the mat.

MENTORSHIP

Quality mentoring programs can positively impact the life of youth.  These relationships can give students the support, guidance and skills needed to learn how to make positive choices in life and make the most of all opportunities available today. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
 

LATEST NEWS

**There will be no BTST practice tonight or Saturday - 29/30 June.**

 we are waiting to secure summer permits. Next practice will be at Elmbank Community Center 10 Rampart Road, Toronto, Tuesday and Thursday 6-8pm of next week. This is where we'll be practicing on those night for the remainder of the summer season.**


PRACTICE SCHEDULE

afterschool PRACTICES

Tuesdays & Thursdays // 3:00 - 5:00pm@
Dixon Grove Junior Middle School
Samuel Hearn Junior Public School

Soon to come
Elmbank Junior Public Academy
Kipling Junior Middle School
 

Regional Practices

**THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF REGIONAL PRACTICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.**

Tuesdays // 6:00 - 8:00pm@
West Humber CI

Thursdays // 6:00 - 8:00pm@
CW Jefferys C.I

Saturdays // 11:00am - 1:00pm@
Newtonbrook S.S
 

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VIDEOS

PerspectiveS:
Executive Director/Coach Neal Ewers

Spotlight:
Simi J/BTST student


WHY WRESTLING?
Fitter. Faster. Stronger. Better.

Wrestling strengthens NOT ONLY the body, BUT the mind and character as well. 
It teaches strong work ethics and self-esteem.  
 

STRENGTH

Wrestling is a whole body workout that combines drills and techniques, cardiovascular activities and core building exercises to create a strong and healthy body.  

GRIT

In wrestling one learns to get up when they are down, to set goals, to be self-reliant, disciplined and persevere in the face of defeat. As the body grows stronger, so does the mind. 

Community

Wrestling  builds empathy and respect for one’s opponents. Training together, competing together, sparring together - instills a sense of community amongst wrestlers that leads to life-long friendships and positive social networks.  

I swear it upon Zeus!
...an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.
— Socrates
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WHY WE DO IT: THE DATA

A SORRY STORY OF DECLINE IN
THE FITNESS & HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE GTA

% Ontario Elementary Schools with Gym Teacher

% getting 60 mins exercise/day

# HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PROGRAMS in GTA

Recreation programs for at-risk youth, according to the City of Toronto, can address negative behaviours and promote long-term self-development.  Health Canada estimates that for every $1 invested in physical activity, there is a long-term savings of $11 in health care.  Increased physical activity has been shown to result in better academic achievements.  

We work with the Toronto District School Board to build the sport of wrestling in underserved areas of the GTA.  We aim to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, empower students with the skills to realise their full potential and build the capacity of schools in underserved communities to build and sustain high quality school wrestling programs.   


SLIDESHOW

A peek behind the scenes @BTST regional Practice


STUDENT TESTIMONIES

HERE's What our students say about Beat the Streets.

SIMI JAYEOBA

Thus far my experience has been awesome!
I’m really grateful for the opportunity to continue wrestling and learning in the off season and I’m looking forward to having a fantastic wrestling season!

ANAND VYAS

This club has helped me mentally as well as physically, pushing me to become the best version of myself in all aspects of my life , inside and outside of the ring.

COLIN WHITE

What can I say?
My experience in BTST was amazing, it made me such a better person and a better wrestler.

 

WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR

9,000+ STUDENTS INSTRUCTED IN WRESTLING THROUGH OUR TDSB EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

21 STUDENTS IN OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

102 STUDENTS IN OUR 4 REGIONAL PROGRAMS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

5 HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PROGRAMS STARTED IN THE GTA

33 SCHOOLS INSTRUCTED IN WRESTLING

92 ATHLETES TAKEN TO COMPETITIONS AND CLINICS ACROSS US AND CANADA

7 WRESTLING MATS PURCHASED AND LOANED TO WRESTLING PROGRAMS IN GTA

6 COACHES TRAINED THROUGH BTST CLINICS

 


 

WHERE WE WORK

We focus on underserved communities aCROSS THE GREATER TORONTO AREA: 

 

GET INVOLVED

Want to be a coach? 
Donate space? 
Take photos of our next event? 
Donate your services in-kind? 
We can always use your help!

volunteers

From masseuses to trainers, nutritionists to tutors, physiotherapists to mentors, no role is to small or to big. Want to donate space for our next event or some health supplements?
Whatever your speciality - we’d love to hear from you!

COACHES

Are you a teacher, parent or wrestler looking to obtain their NCCP so they can be involved in our practices?
Contact us to find out about our BTST Training clinics.

schools

Are you part of the TDSB?  Do you want to participate in one of our school programs, start a wrestling program or volunteer gym space for one of our practices? 
Contact us to find out how.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE OR FOR MORE INFO CONTACT NEAL EWERS:
416.893.4476 OR NEAL@ BTSTORONTO.COM

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