Small Sports Getting Creative: Greco-Roman Wrestling in Times Square


Ashton Kutcher, Rulon Gardner, Kurt Angle and Anthony Robles of Arizona State who won the 2011 NCAA title at 125 lbs (despite being born without a right leg) were some of the featured celebrities and athletes at this years “Beat the Streets” promotional wrestling match in Times Square.

Beat The Streets is an organization that provides wrestling opportunities for students in public schools in NYC and this event included team USA wrestlers competing against Russia live and on the big screen in Times Square.

I’m always keeping an eye out for the creative things the smaller sports are doing to make a splash.  This one seems like a very cool one with a very good cause attached.

You can learn more about the organization at:

Portions of the Press Release:

NEW YORK, N.Y. – With an opening victory from 2008 Olympic champion Henry Cejudo and an inspired performance throughout the lineup, the United States defeated Russia in a freestyle wrestling dual meet in Times Square on Thursday.

The event was held in Duffy Square in New York City, located in the historic Times Square setting. Thousands of people packed the seats and stood around the raised stage, as thousands of others watched on a large screen overlooking the scene. The event was held as part of the Beat the Streets Gala, a fundraiser for local wrestling programs. BTS leader Mike Novogratz announced over $1 million was raised today.

Each year, the Beat the Streets Gala is held to celebrate wrestling and raise funds for Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc., the successful program which has provided wrestling opportunities for thousands of middle school and high school students in New York City.


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