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Wrestling for Life receives R.E.A.C.H.E.S. Funding
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:56:58 PM »
Wrestling for Life (WFL), a Cedar Rapids, IA-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has received a $3,000 equipment grant from Brute Wrestling’s R.E.A.C.H.E.S. program. Founded in 2009 by Jim Brown, Wrestling for Life’s mission is to involve young people in amateur wrestling and, once involved, to remove roadblocks to participation and growth within the sport. The foundation WFL program has been the gift of free tickets to events like NCAA Wrestling Championships, intercollegiate dual meets and major post-collegiate events like the Olympic Trials to kids’ wrestling clubs, middle school teams and youth organizations like Boys and Girls Club. Wrestling for Life has given away over 7,000 such tickets.

Many clubs and schools, particularly middle schools, struggle financially to provide their young student athletes with adequate equipment such as wrestling shoes, headgear and kneepads. In 2015 WFL began helping deserving organizations meet some of those needs. Singlets can be another area of need and the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. funds will be used to provide them for clubs and schools nationwide.

We wish to thank Walt Fisk, the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. administrator and Brute Wrestling for their kindness.

About R.E.A.C.H.E.S.

R.E.A.C.H.E.S. (Rewarding Educational Athletic Choices Helping Each Sport) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 in an effort to promote, protect and preserve the integrity of amateur athletics by providing athletic and educational opportunities to all athletes of all ages and abilities. This unique experience will provide educational, technical, and lifelong lessons for athletes, coaches, parents and fans that seek to capture meaningful, compassionate, harmonious, interesting and active lives. All profits from R.E.A.C.H.E.S. will be used to support specific needs in each sport to ensure future generations of athletes, fans, parents and coaches will continue to learn from valuable lifelong athletic lessons.

About Brute Wrestling

Brute Wrestling was founded in 1967, in Virginia, by retired U.S. Navy Captain Josiah Henson. Captain Henson was an Olympic bronze medalist in Freestyle wrestling in 1952 and the first American wrestler to beat a Russian at the Olympics. The company began as the first wrestling mail order business. John Purnell joined the company in 1975 and in 1977 became the President and majority owner. Shortly thereafter, Purnell moved the company to Reading, Pennsylvania to begin manufacturing wrestling uniforms under the brand name Brute Wrestling. At that time, the company began distributing through a network of sporting goods dealers. In 1989, a line of soccer uniforms was added under the name Liga Soccer. In 2003, the company product line was expanded to include custom uniforms for volleyball, softball and basketball under the brand name NeuEdge Sportswear. NeuEdge Sportswear quickly became one of the leading producers of custom sublimated team uniforms in the country. In 2010, Henson Group launched a lacrosse and field hockey line under the brand Evolve Team Sportswear. Today Henson Group Sports provides a complete line of top quality wrestling, lacrosse, softball, basketball and volleyball products and apparel to sporting goods dealers; amateur and professional athletic clubs and teams; and other buyers all over North America.