Toledo Public Schools Receives Generous Wrestling Gear Contribution

Wrestling is one of the most popular sports among student athletes. Toledo Public Schools continues working to bolster its wrestling program and would like to thank several supporters for the generous donations they made to the program. Beat The Streets USA and Al Bevilacqua donated $3000 worth of head gear and shoes to the TPS wrestling program, while Brute’s R.E.A.C.H.E.S Program made a generous contribution of singlets and head gear for the wrestlers, totaling $15,000 made possible by John Purnell of Henson Sports Groups, Jeff Bowyer of R.E.A.C.H.E.S and Matt Moos of Beat The Streets Toledo.

Brute and R.E.A.C.H.E.S have also provided additional equipment to the student wrestlers. Currently, there are seven TPS wrestling teams – one team per learning community. Each team is comprised of students from their respective learning community. In addition, Beat the Streets in partnership with USA Wrestling have established a K-6 wrestling program to support the extracurricular activities of youth throughout the city of Toledo. Practices for the Beat The Streets Program are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6-8 at Start High School. District leaders hope to broaden the program in the future.


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. Visit for more information.


As the first U.S. Company to sell wrestling products by mail order, Brute Wrestling began in 1967 as the Henson Company, Inc. in the residence of its founder, Captain Josiah Henson. Today Brute Wrestling continues to provide a complete line of top quality wrestling products and apparel to sporting goods dealers; amateur and professional athletic clubs and teams; and other buyers throughout North America. For more information visit

In addition to wrestling, the Henson Company, Inc. launched NeuEdge Sportswear (formerly known as LIGA) in 1995. Today, NeuEdge provides a complete line of team sportswear for Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, and Volleyball. This division has grown to become a key player in the custom teamwear market. Visit for more information.

In 2012, Henson Company, Inc. expanded their offerings to include Henson Rowing, a line of custom rowing apparel. For more information