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How Has Wrestling Shaped You Into Who You Are?

Samadhi Here!

OFSAA 2018

OFSAA 2018

Wrestling has shaped me into the person that I am today.  Wrestling has taught me many valuable skills I will benefit from for the rest of my life. I’ve become a better leader and learned how to work well under pressure. This has tremendously helped me out not only in school but also in my day to day life. I no longer get nervous while doing a presentation in class and it has pushed me to go outside my comfort zone. I’ve learned to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. My problem solving and critical thinking skills have also improved. Because of wrestling’s time consuming nature, it has forced me to become more disciplined; I have no time to procrastinate. I can now organize my time much more efficiently.  Lastly, wrestling has given me confidence that I know I could never live without. The regular exercise that came along with wrestling boosted my confidence and increased my self esteem. As my strength, skills and stamina improved, so did my self-image. Not only did I get stronger physically, I got stronger mentally as well.

Another thing that really helped me was the support system I had around me. The connections and relationships that I have made through wrestling are long lasting bonds. Coaches and my fellow teammates were always supportive and they all had such positive, uplifting, contagious energy. In conclusion, wrestling has not only helped me become a better person, but it has helped me excel in a variety of other areas in my life as well. Wrestling has been and will continue to be a very important part of my life and I encourage others to get out there and participate as well. 

- Samadhi Rankothge



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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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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