Wrestling for Life gets R.E.A.C.H.E.S Funding
Wrestling for Life (WFL), a Cedar Rapids, IA-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has received a $3,000 equipment grant from Brute Wrestling’s R.E.A.C.H.E.S. program. Founded in 2009 by Jim Brown, Wrestling for Life’s mission is to involve young people in amateur wrestling and, once involved, to remove roadblocks to participation and growth within the sport. The foundation WFL program has been the gift of free tickets to events like NCAA Wrestling Championships, intercollegiate dual meets and major post-collegiate events like the Olympic Trials to kids’ wrestling clubs, middle school teams and youth organizations like Boys and Girls Club. Wrestling for Life has given away over 7,000 such tickets.
Many clubs and schools, particularly middle schools, struggle financially to provide their young student athletes with adequate equipment such as wrestling shoes, headgear and knee-pads. In 2015 WFL began helping deserving organizations meet some of those needs. Singlets can be another area of need and the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. funds will be used to provide much-needed gear to a youth club in North Carolina comprised primarily of the children of US Marines, a California middle school with 80% free and reduced lunch to help it establish its first wrestling team and a young girls team in Iowa.
We wish to thank Walt Fisk, the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. administrator, and Brute Wrestling for their kindness.
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.