“With this donation we can play a part in providing at-risk kids with the equipment they need to compete in cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Columbus.”
Elmhurst, Ill (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
WrestlingGear.Com, a major online vendor of wrestling knee pads, clothing, uniforms, headgear and wrestling shoes and other assorted merchandise and accessories, today announced a charitable donation of 100 pairs of knee pads to the Beat the Streets USA Program, an organization committed to providing at-risk youth the opportunities to benefit from the hard work and structure associated with the sport of wrestling. The knee pads supplied by WrestlingGear.Com will be distributed to newly participating Beat the Streets Program cities.
Jeff Pape, CEO of WrestlingGear.Com, has spearheaded the donation. “We are proud and excited to send 100 pairs of wrestling knee pads to the Beat the Streets USA Program,” Pape says. “With this donation we can play a part in providing at-risk kids with the equipment they need to compete in cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Columbus.”
Pape has a longstanding relationship with the wrestling community. He began his wrestling career in the fourth grade, eventually going on to the Illinois State Tournament quarter-finals before joining the wrestling squad at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Pape founded WrestlingGear.Com in 1998.
“As a wrestler I always wore knee pads, so it’s a personal thing to supply knee pads to kids who need them and otherwise may not be able to afford them,” says Pape. “Our website and Beat the Streets USA are both committed to expanding the national presence of wrestling, so teaming up to help them continue their important work with children made perfect sense to us.”
“On behalf of the Beat the Streets USA Program, we are very grateful for Jeff and his company donating wrestling knee pads,” says Al Bevilacqua, Chairman of the Beat the Streets USA Program. “Every new city needs donors who share in the vision of helping kids through wrestling to help fuel the mission. Jeff’s donation is equal to sending a check for $2,000. Seventy-five percent of the donations each city receives go to purchasing equipment. In our model program in New York City, we’ve had donors purchase a diverse array of products like Asics shoes, Cliff Keen headgear, Brute shorts and shirts, as well as wrestling mats, which is a tremendous help.”
To inquire about this news release or to obtain more information about WrestlingGear.Com or donating to the Beat the Streets USA Program, contact Jeff Pape at 1-800-565-0995.
About Beat the Streets USA
The Beat the Streets USA Wrestling Program aims to expand wrestling in America’s urban centers by helping at-risk kids through the discipline and structure competitive wrestling provides. Beat the Streets USA helps enhance the athletic and overall lives of the members of the wrestling community by providing leadership and direction to kids while facilitating opportunities afforded by the many lessons learned through preparation for and participation in the sport of amateur wrestling.
About WrestlingGear.Com, Ltd
WrestlingGear.Com is the place where wrestling enthusiasts go to buy wrestling gear. WrestlingGear.Com provides the nation’s up-and-comers and experienced veterans with the wrestling shoes and equipment they need to stay comfortable and competitive. WrestlingGear.Com supplies all major vendors, including adidas, Asics, Nike, Brute, Championship Productions, Cliff Keen, Human Kinetics, Matman and more.
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