Big Lake SWARM Youth Wrestling Association Receives Singlet Donation

Big Lake, Minnesota – Today the Big Lake Hornets SWARM Youth Wrestling Club received a donation of wrestling singlets from R.E.A.C.H.E.S.

The donation of the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. singlets will allow the SWARM Wrestling Club to replace all of their old worn out singlets and outfit all of our wrestlers with new Brute singlets. In these tough economic times our club has continued to keep registration costs low for parents hoping the low cost will allow more kids to be able to stay active in the youth wrestling program. Registration numbers for our Youth Wrestling program have continued to grow year after year and this generous donation from R.E.A.C.H.E.S. will help numerous kids over the course of many wrestling seasons continue to participate in the great sport of wrestling.

“Brute is the driving force behind R.E.A.C.H.E.S. and I think what they are doing to support wrestling throughout the country is amazing.” – Amber Sixberry SWARM President.

Big Lake SWARM Youth Wrestling Association

Big Lake SWARM Youth Wrestling Association


The Big Lake SWARM Youth Wrestling Association is a non-profit group that offers youth wrestling instruction in the Big Lake, MN school district. Offering wrestling instruction from Pre-K through 6th grades, the club aims to not only strengthen the athletics skills of participants but also foster, good sportsmanship, stress the importance of academics and instill a good work ethic in the kids they instruct. The club feels that these skills will help kids excel and achieve great things throughout their lifetimes.


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.


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.