Winnsboro Wrestling Receives Funding

Winnsboro Wrestling Gets R.E.A.C.H.E.S. Funding

Winnsboro Wrestling in Winnsboro, Texas has been awarded funding from the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. organization to get equipment for the Winnsboro Crusaders Wrestling Program. Winnsboro Wrestling was started in fall of 2014 and is the first wrestling program ever for this area. Winnsboro Wrestling is a nonprofit organization and there was no to very little cost for these boys and girls from 5-18 come learn the great sport of wrestling. Four men in the community with wrestling backgrounds from Oklahoma, Alabama, Missouri and Indiana volunteered their time, money and love of sport of wrestling to help make this program take off. Along with help from First Baptist Church and members of the community to help with a facility and practice mats. In the first season 70+ boys and girls learned the sport of wrestling. Winnsboro Wrestling took 20+ boys and girls to the first ever Texas Brute National with many of them medaling in their first competition and less than 6 months of wrestling experience. Winnsboro Wrestling biggest problem was singlets and shoes many wearing hand me down from other clubs. Winnsboro Coaches sent in for a grant to help their boys and girls be able to look more as a team. Winnsboro Wrestling is project to have 100+ boys and girls come out for wrestling in the fall of 2015. With the grant from R.E.A.C.H.E.S. will help these boys and girls look like the team they are becoming. Winnsboro Wrestling will be receiving a warm ups and singlets for their team along with a portable score board and mat tape. Coaches Felipe Perez, Mike Laborde, Rowdy Coffman and Dexter Sumpter “We cannot thank R.E.A.C.H.E.S. program enough for helping Winnsboro Wrestling Program take off and allow the great sport of wrestling come to an area where there is no wrestling.” The Winnsboro Wrestling family 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, and you will see the WINNSBORO WRESTLERS at the 2016 Texas Brute Nationals in great numbers.

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.