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May 20, 2015
Salina High School Wrestling gets R.E.A.C.H.E.S Funding

Salina High School has been awarded funding from the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. organization to get equipment for the Salina JH/HS Wrestling Program. Salina's Junior High and High School Wrestling has been through successes in the past and a lot of uncertainty. In the program's history, they have had numerous state qualifiers, finalists and a state champion, and one OCA All-State Team member. New head Coach Matt Simmons states, "I applied for the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. grant to help us get the kind of equipment our athletes need to help them keep focused on their training while training and competing with the best equipment available. Wrestling is tough enough for a young student-athlete without there being a financial burden on him and his family to have the best equipment needed to be successful. This is a great honor and we are very excited about the opportunity," said Coach Simmons. The grant money will be used to get customized sublimation singlets for the Salina Wrestling Program for the High School, Junior High, and Freestyle/Greco Clubs. The Jr. High and the High School share what little equipment and singlets they have now so that puts a lot of wear and tear on the cloth and equipment they have right now that are old in their own right. Some of the other equipment the coaching staff is looking to get also includes wrestling shoes, headgear, warmups, workout shorts/shirts and various training aides. The Salina Wrestling program would like to thank R.E.A.C.H.E.S. and Walter Fisk for the opportunity to get this grant. We would like to thank everyone at R.E.A.C.H.E.S. for all that you have done for the sport of Wrestling and all sports!

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.


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