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.
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.
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.
MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER
*Saturday practices are starting october 14th @ Emery C.I // 3395 Weston rd. // 10:00am - 12:00pm*
**Coming soon: Thursday practices in Scarborough**
CHECK OUT THE ACTION FROM Wrestle the North 2017
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
Tuesdays // 6:00 - 8:00pm@
Dr. Norman Bethune CI • 200 Fundy Bay Blvd, Scarborough
Thursdays // 6:00 - 8:00pm@
West Humber CI • 1675 Martin Grove Rd, Etobicoke
Saturdays // 11:00am - 1:00pm@
Emery CI • 3395 Weston Rd, North York
John Park, Founder of BTST
Wrestle the North
Executive Director/Coach Neal Ewers
Simi J/BTST student
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.
Wrestling is a whole body workout that combines drills and techniques, cardiovascular activities and core building exercises to create a strong and healthy body.
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.
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.
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.
A peek behind the scenes @BTST regional Practice
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:
Want to be a coach?
Take photos of our next event?
Donate your services in-kind?
We can always use your help!
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!
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.
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.