BTS student Samadhi shares with us how wrestling has helped her grow into the person she is today.
I see wrestling helping to build me as a person on and off the mats. This sport has instilled honesty, patience, consideration and integrity inside me. I have learned to deal with my losses, and have become a wiser wrestler from the 3 years I have been with Beat the Streets. There are levels to this sport and I have learnt to trust the process, and believe in myself. Wrestling is a fine sport, although it’s time-consuming and with that, I have learned to manage my time to prioritize my homework. I always try to keep in mind “Don’t let wrestling get in the way of your education” – wise words said by a wise man. Although school is important, I’m a good student and get good grades but wrestling is equally as important however its far more unforgiving.
In the future wrestling will take me far in life. I believe I am a promising wrestler and one day I desire to become a Sikh woman Olympic champion and World Champion with my twin sister. I know that sounds cliché, but I am willing to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and do things others aren’t willing to do. Because of Beat the Streets my technique is incomparable to any other girl my age. In the future, I hope to become a pharmacist and because of the lessons I have learnt in wrestling, that should be effortless. I will know how to balance my life, remain calm under pressure and just be an all-around badass, and hard worker.
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This summer the Mentorship program expanded its outreach by not just following academic achievement, but by also mentoring our student/athletes into the workforce. During this past summer, Brea Rodgers, Arely Torales, Ana Mendez all worked with BTST. The job/internship included clerical work, research and community outreach. We here at BTST strongly believe that getting real work experience is beneficial to overall growth of an student/athlete. Giving high school and first year university students life skills will open doors that were not previously accessible. Additionally, by employing BTST student/athletes we were able to expand our outreach to various communities throughout Toronto. This was achieved by using promotional tools like having our students write articles on an online platform and use guerrilla tactics like handing out flyers and promoting at festivals and events.
Conversely, through our partnerships with employment agencies like LEF, Learning Enrichment Foundation and VPI Work Solutions we were also able to help other members of the BTST family to find meaningful employment like, LEF daycare services, Milestones, Party City and the KEG. Again, by working on the three pillars of wrestling, academics, and life experience students will be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Overall it was a great experience for the kids. Here are some testimonials.
I enjoyed working and learning with BTST. I was able to get out of my comfort zone and learn something everyday. It also beat flipping burgers.
I feel that my resume will be so much better now that I am able to add BTST as an employer.