BTST awarded Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund Grant to support After School Program for 2 years!

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity.  This spring, Beat the Streets Toronto was successful in our application to OSRCF and was delighted to hear that we would be receiving support for our After School Program which operates in underserved communities in the GTA and serves middle school children.

This has long been a goal of BTST, as we understand that helping youth in Toronto starts with the younger children, children ages 8 – 13.  It is our understanding that this is the age where children are most vulnerable and exposed to negative influences.  We’ve learned this through our experiences with our current programs at Dixon Grove public school, Elmbank Junior public school and Samuel Hearne public school.

Over the past two years, we saw great success working with these schools and learned just how important it is to have programming like this available to students at a vulnerable time of the day.  We witnessed how much the students enjoyed participating in the program.  We look forward to expanding this program and are grateful to the Ontario Government for giving us the opportunity to grow and reach even more at-risk youth. 

Stay tuned for some fantastic results!

 

 
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Working together: Canada Summer Jobs, YAAACE & BTST

This summer Beat the Streets Toronto was pleased to partner with the Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education (YAAACE) and The Canada Summer Jobs Program to offer summer jobs to eight students working with youth in the underserved communities of North West Toronto. 

YAACE is a community organization that seeks to engage children and youth from all communities — particularly those from poor racialized communities — in activities that promote opportunity, civic/social inclusion, identity development, resilience, accountability and self-advocacy.  Canada Summer Jobs Programs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students.  It is designed to focus on local priorities while helping both students and their communities.

It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.  Most of the hired students were employed for the first time and were able to work in their own communities. We were happy to see the development of these eight students as they learned a wide variety of important life skills that they're able to take with and apply them to future endeavours and add to their resumes.

These students come directly out of our mentorship program and as such, are able to use the funds they generated over the summer towards funding their wrestling aspirations throughout the season, like going to tournaments  or purchasing wrestling gear.

From my point of you it was a win-win situation for all involved! I truly enjoyed being a part of this program and look forward to continuing and building on it for next year. Thank you so much to the good people at YAAACE for working with us and allowing us to be a part of their program and we are grateful to Canada Summer Jobs for awarding us with the funds to make this all happen! 

Sincerely,
Neal Ewers
Executive Director 

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Simi Jayeoba awarded first BTST Mirza Bashir Akbar Scholarship.

In July 2017, thanks to the generosity of former wrestler Nayu Akbar, Beat the Streets Toronto was proud to award Simi Jayeoba the Mirza Bashir Akbar Scholarship for $2000 dedicated after Nayu’s father. 

Simi is an exceptional student and wrestler, who joined Beat the Streets Toronto two and a half years ago.  She attended William Lyon McKenzie Secondary, where she maintained a 94% average.  This September, she was accepted and started attending McMaster University where she is studying life sciences.  She was also elected as first year representative for the science society at McMaster. Go Simi!

This is exactly the kind of person Simi is, she works hard and dedicates herself to achieving her goals.  Even though she had never wrestled before, when Simi joined BTST she went all in, travelling with us to New York and Cornell University for tournaments and attending as many BTST practices as possible.  She’s a great girl with a great future ahead of her, and we are so proud that we got the chance to work with her and connect her with Nayu.  This scholarship will go a long way to help her realize her full potential! 

 

BTST kicks off summer with an intensive wrestling camp!

This July, BTST held it's first intensive wrestling camp in Toronto, featuring Canada Game Team members and members of the Cuban National Team.  What a success!  Congratulations to all the kids that participated this year.  Your worked your butts off and it showed!  Whether it was at the beach or indoors, the kids never stopped giving it their all.  We hope they had as much fun learning and pushing themselves in the camp as we had running it.


BTST Presents Wrestle the North - 12 July @ Nathan Philips Square

This summer, we are holding a one-off Wrestle the North event at Nathan Philips Square on 12 July at 6pm.  Our goal is to unite our wrestling family and friends from across the country and showcase some of the best wrestling in North America for the United World Wrestling Cadet Age Group.  

 
 

Come join us for fun & interactive games, free SWAG and giveaways courtesy of our generous partners and sponsors and of course, to see some great wrestling skills!   

Wrestle the North is held in partnership with our BTST Intensive Wrestling Camp, 10-14 July at 1 Danforth Ave., where our special guests will include the Team Ontario Canada Games Team and the Cuban National Team!

Contact us for more information and don't forget to watch this space for more details!

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BTST After School program in action - Elmbank Junior Middle School

The new BTST After School program is well underway!  Gooooo Elmbank!

Why wrestler's make the best employees

We came across this great article by Steve Cooper from Forbes and had to share!  Keep up the good work everyone!  Apparently we make the best employees!!

 

By Steve Cooper, CONTRIBUTOR

Two wrestlers fight for a takedown. Within that takedown are many lessons that can translate into the boardroom. (Photo credit: Available_Light)

"More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill—none have wrestled without pride." ~ Dan Gable

Today's workforce is extremely competitive. When comparing resumes it's easy to get lost in all the bullet points of software literacy and past responsibilities. If you really want to separate two seemingly qualified employees, bring them in for an interview and ask a simple question, "Have you ever participated in sports at an elite level?"

"Current research indicates that individuals who have competed in elite level athletics, i.e., collegiate, international, or professional level competition possess higher levels of emotional intelligence than their non-athlete counterparts," says Richard Mendelson, I.O. psychologist and founder of Dynamic IO Consultants, a consulting firm specializing in human capital management and other services.

In 1996, Dr. William Brad McGonagle, associate vice president for administration at Texas A&M University wrote his dissertation studying how former athletes transfer the skill set they developed through athletics to the workplace. He found that an employee with prior athletic experience was able to transfer the lessons of being a team player and also noticed strengths in accomplishment-based skills, discipline, and communication.

In 2002, professors Daniel Gould and Kristen Dieffenbach published a study in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology which noted that Olympic champions display higher levels of specific attributes directly linked to success, in particular emotional intelligence. Their research showed that these elite athletes displayed high levels of stress management, interpersonal skills, and self regard.

The conclusion of all this research could be seen during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, when American wrestler, Dan Gable, won the gold medal without giving up a single point! This is perhaps one of the greatest Olympic performances of all time. And while this level of performance would be hard to duplicate on any stage, can you imagine this same type of focus and determination on display in your office?

While I acknowledge that nearly all athletes at an elite level have a tremendous amount of drive, wrestlers in particular seem to operate at a higher level of fortitude. Not that my athletic history is anything to write about, but I wrestled in college and have been surrounded by amazing athletes of all sports. I've known Olympians, world champions, college champions and everything in between. The one constant observation is that wrestlers have a capacity to push themselves harder than most and display an unrivaled mental toughness—that and a deep desire to eat.

Socrates once said, "I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler."

Wise words considering being fleet of foot is how a wrestler starts his day. In the business arena, being fast or strong doesn't necessarily rank as a top priority in our service economy. So why should you care?

"Wrestling, in particular, is thought to require more individual commitment than most other sports due to the nature of the training and competing itself. The logical inference, then, is that with other sports, an athlete can go to practice or a game, and then go home to relax. Wrestlers, due to the weight class requirements, have to maintain their focus and drive around the clock for years at a time," says Mendelson, a former college wrestler.

"In addition, wrestling is an individual sport and the athlete experiences both failure and success as an individual. As a result, the wrestler endures more physical, emotional, and psychological stress, both positive and negative, than an athlete in another sport."

I can tell you that the biggest lesson I learned during my wrestling career was humility. Even the great Dan Gable lost a match. Over the years I learned that getting knocked down was just part of the process to work even harder and to improve. I now encourage the success of others because I enjoy the challenge of meeting those higher expectations. Even during the all-night programming sessions to launch new features on Hitched, it has never felt difficult since I know 100 of those nights will never be as hard as a single wrestling practice.

The competitive spirit in other athletes might argue that they too exude these same qualities at the same level. They might be right, which is why the question you should pose during an interview is asking about their entire athletic background. Saying that, when the bullet points begin to once again merge as you stare down two athletes, I recommend you go with the wrestler.

"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy." ~ Dan Gable

 

To visit the original article, please visit:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevecooper/2012/07/31/why-wrestlers-make-the-best-employees/#1d4c2bbb5f88

Olympic Gold Medallist Erica Wiebe Talks and Trains with BTST

As we wrap up another busy year, BTST would like to take you back to one of the year’s highlights when we welcomed Canada’s Olympic Champion from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Erica Wiebe. BTST was honored at the opportunity to host Erica in the midst of a busy post-olympic schedule, as she took time to come speak and spend some time on the mat with wrestlers from across the city. The event was inspiring for athletes, coaches and parents alike, as Erica shared her contagious passion for the sport, her journey as a student athlete and how she’s grown through the struggle, doubt, perseverance and the deep joy that arise in the honest and relentless pursuit of a dream. The event was capped off by a high energy wrestling practice led by Erica herself. Her positive energy and enthusiastic attitude had all the athletes eager to learn and embracing the opportunity to scrimmage and take on the Olympic champ herself! 

Thank you to West Humber C.I. for hosting the event! Check out pictures of the event below.

GRIT Base Testing Challenge - RESULTS!

This past weekend BTST hosted their fall Base Testing Challenge. This was an opportunity for athletes in the program to test their overall strength, speed and athleticism, assessing both their strengths and weaknesses and setting some goals in how to grow into a better and more well-rounded athlete as they enter into this season of training and competition.

We followed up the event with some well-earned healthy snacks and an open discussion how to make the 1% gains in our daily habits and attitude in training.

Big shout out to some of our top performers and new BTST record holders. Some impressive results, but it’s just the beginning! Get to work folks – these records are meant to be broken!!!! Who’s next?

1 Mile Time Trial
Guys: Ethan 5min. 57sec.
Gals: Jayden 6min. 14sec.

Push-Ups (Max reps in 1 minute)
Guys: Dennis 79 reps
 Gals: Kelyn 65 reps

Pop Squats (Max reps in 1 minute)
Guys: Josh 64 reps
Gals: Wendy 70 reps

Burpees (Max reps in 3 minutes)
Guys: Ethan 63 reps
Gals: Jayden 55 reps

Speed Drills (Max takedowns in 1 minute)
Guys: Ethan 25 reps
Gals: Wendy 17 reps

Long Jump
Guys: Raheem 10ft 1in
Gals: Nyla 8ft 10in

Static Vertical Jump
Guys: Josh 70cm
Gals: Shantay 48cm