FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2015
West Palm Beach P.A.L. Wrestling receives R.E.A.C.H.E.S. Funding
The Police Athletic League (PAL) of West Palm Beach strives to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational, and educational opportunities to the youth of West Palm Beach. In January of 2015, PAL added wrestling to its list of programs offered to the youth in the community. The program is offered to boys and girls in grades K-12th who are interested in wrestling. A majority of the PAL coaches are police officers that have a wrestling background and enjoying helping kids. Being a first year program there are many items that are needed to help build a successful program. When I saw the opportunity to apply for the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. program, I know I couldn’t pass it up. After a couple weeks we were informed that we would be receiving funding from R.E.A.C.H.E.S. to help with necessary items to make the program a success. West Palm Beach PAL is very great full of the funding that it has received from R.E.A.C.H.E.S. Many of our wrestlers are at risk or come from low-income families. This funding will allow us to give these wrestlers uniform jackets, shoes and knee pads. The West Palm Beach PAL wrestling family would like to thank R.E.A.C.H.E.S. and Walter Fisk for giving us this funding. We would also like to thank everyone at R.E.A.C.H.E.S. for its continued support to the sport of wrestling.
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.