BTST and Wrestle the North "Girl's Edition" makes it on the 6 o'clock news!

To say we are proud of Simi Jayeoba and our female wrestlers is an understatement.  Thanks to the work of this incredible young lady, CBC news came down to cover the Wrestle the North event yesterday and speak to some of our female wrestlers and Coach Neal Ewers. 

If you have a few minutes to spare, check out the report (from 17:45 to 20:00).  

Great work everyone!

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1273376323539

CBC News covers Wrestle the North 2018 "Girl's Edition"

Today, BTST was fortunate enough to hold it's 2nd annual Wrestle the North Event, featuring our superstar girl wrestlers!  The event was a great success and attracted a lot of attention, from not only BTST family and friends but CBC News as well.  Our event was on the 6:00pm news and is also featured in a well written article. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/wrestling-program-kids-1.4739888

Thank you CBC news for taking the time and giving our event and girl's a big boost!  Read the article and share the word!  And thank you to everyone who came out, participated, helped or supported our girl's and Beat the Streets Toronto.

Watch this space for photos and videos, coming soon!

 

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BTST holds First Middle School Tournament

BTST holds First Middle School Tournament

March 28th marked a large step forward for youth wrestling in Toronto. For the first time in a very long time a TDSB school hosted a middle school wrestling tournament featuring wrestlers from 3 different tdsb schools including Brookview, Dixon Grove, and HollyCrest as well as a couple out of city wrestlers.

The tournament was held at HollyCrest Middle school a new program here in Toronto started through BTS. We will follow this tournament up with Dixon Grove Public Schools 1st annual tournament next Wednesday and we expect an even bigger showing with the addition of Elmbank JMS and Queen Alexandria JMS being added to the Beat the Streets Toronto roster of after school programs! 

This project is made possible by the generous support of Grants Ontario.  

 
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Why My Kids Will Wrestle by Cael Sanderson

Great article from Cael Sanderson on the Associated Wrestling Press Website

Click here to see original article.


Why my kids will wrestle..

1. Foundation sport. Wrestling is the perfect foundation for all other sports. Wrestling is balance, agility, hand –eye coordination, flexibility, positioning, strength, speed, explosiveness, footwork, hustle, mental focus, mental toughness, core strength, concentration, competition, and endurance. Wrestling will make our youth better at all other sports.

2. Fun. Wrestling is a game. It is the most basic and instinctual game. Toddlers wrestle. The sport of wrestling is the ultimate competition where two individual take their individual strengths and match them up against each other. Wrestling is a battle of wits, technique, speed, agility, flexibility, and toughness. No two wrestlers are alike. Fun stuff!!

3. Exercise. Wrestling is one the world’s most premier physical fitness sports. Wrestling develops strength and endurance. Poor health is a major issue in our society today and wrestling will help develop a love of exercise and physical fitness in our youth.

4. Self-confidence. Very little is accomplished without self-confidence. Wrestling teaches self-confidence like nothing else I know outside of religion and knowing that you are a child of God. Insecure people have the most difficult time learning from others and make progress even more difficult than it already is. Wrestling teaches hard work, self-improvement, sense of accomplishment, camaraderie of team, 1 on 1 aspect, and self-defense to name a few. These promote self-worth, respect and confidence.

5. Self-defense. Although wrestling is not commonly considered a “martial art,” it is the #1 base discipline in the world of MMA. Wrestlers know how to defend themselves and neutralize threats quickly. Wrestling is controlling an opponent. If you want your kids to know how to defend themselves, put them in wrestling.

6. Humility. Nothing teaches humility better than a 1-on-1 sport. Winning and losing in a 1-on-1 setting brings humility. There is nowhere to hide and no one to blame but yourself. All wrestlers will lose at some point and doing so in these conditions teaches humility. Hard work and discipline are two keys to success in wrestling and both teach humility.

“…I learned a lot about taking responsibility for my actions when I wrestled for 4 years…All professional athletes ought to spend a year wrestling. It teaches you something, You get pinned; you can’t blame the coach. You can’t blame your teammates. The guy you are looking for is staring back at you in the mirror” –former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams

7. Respect. The challenges of being a wrestler teach you to respect yourself. After you learn to respect yourself you will learn to respect others. You learn to respect your team mates as well as your opponents. You learn to listen to and respect your coach. After you learn to respect others you are able to learn from them, a life lesson.

8. Self-discipline. Wrestling is discipline. Repetition of drills, hard work, weight management, and continually doing the best thing instead of the easiest thing is discipline. Wrestling requires postponing instant “wants” to gain something more valuable long term. It takes discipline and focus to reach goals.

9. Roadmap to success. Wrestling is the perfect example of what it takes to be successful in life. Goal setting, hard work, determination, focus, love of challenges, love of competition, confidence, being coachable, mental toughness, discipline, creativity, team work and accountability.

10. Toughness. Wrestling is a physical, contact sport. You learn that sometimes you just get poked in the eye. Physical and mental toughness go hand in hand. You learn that a little pain or struggle is part of the process of doing great things.

Young Girls Need to be Encouraged to Join Any Sport they Choose

There's a great article from Debbie King from superfitmama.com on CBC parents that discusses the importance of encouraging young girls to try sports outside of the traditional ones.  She mentions our Beat the Streets After School Program as a good example of aiming to engage new athletes by working in low-income areas and appealing to girls. 

Thank you Debbie for the shout out.  We couldn't agree more and it's why we do what we do!

Check out the full article here:

http://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/young-girls-need-to-be-encouraged-to-join-sports

Interested in checking out on of or programs, get in touch or visit one of our practices to find out more.

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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