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About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Beat the Streets NYC Wrestling is to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the wrestling culture within New York City.

Beat the Streets Wrestling™ is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that uses wrestling as the vehicle through which young people achieve their full physical, cognitive, and social potential and develop into strong and effective individuals and members of the world. We work with middle and high schools in all five boroughs of New York City to provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of personal responsibility, physical fitness, education, and teamwork. 

Our Core Values

The values that drive everything we do for those we serve are as follows:

  • Transform Lives
  • Inspire for Greatness
  • Be Enthusiastic & Passionate
  • Think Outside-the-Box
  • Build a Family Culture
  • Get Better
  • Have Fun

Our Goal

Beat the Streets aims to make a Lifelong Impact on New York City student-athletes through the benefits and skills acquired by participating in amateur wrestling. We believe that the sport of wrestling fosters an uncommon combination of character traits that lead to enhanced social and personal development, and ultimately to better life outcomes, in the youth we serve. 

The Benefits of Sports-Based Youth Development

Beat the Streets is a member of Up2Us, a coalition of sports-based youth development programs whose members use athletics to address the most critical challenges facing young people in America: childhood obesity, academic failure, and the pressure to engage in high-risk activities like gang participation and drug abuse. It has been well-documented that sports-based youth programs lead to the exhibition of positive social behaviors, sportsmanship, and moral reasoning while reducing anti-social and criminal behaviors. At the same time, that participation in sports lowers a child’s risk of dropping out of school or becoming incarcerated, it creates an increased sense of personal responsibility, social belonging, and ultimately results in greater adult career achievement.

Research has revealed that youth sports programs can have significant effects on the lives of participants: reduced Body Mass Index, improved academic performance, and significantly higher graduation rates are a few of the benefits linked to engagement in sports programs. Emotional and social health follow suit: it is inspiring to see positive changes occur in a youth’s outlook, such as the shifted attitude toward body image experienced by girls following their participation in sports. While traditional sports programs foster competition with the intent to win, Beat the Streets and fellow Up2Us organizations view sports as a collaborative opportunity for positive youth development in domains extending far beyond athletics.

Our Impact

Back in 2005, a small group of passionate wrestlers had a vision centered around the idea that if the lessons learned on the wrestling mat-- a strong work ethic, grit, perseverance, self-reliance, humility-- are applied to other areas of life, then so much more can be achieved in a lifetime. With humble beginnings that included a combined total of 26 programs in both high school and middle school, we at Beat the Streets are proud of the efforts that all of our supporters have provided to lead BTSNY to where it is today.

The Annual Impact Reports listed below provide context and perspective to the work we've done, are doing, and will look to do in the future.


Our Board - Officers

Our Board - Trustees

Our Leadership Council

Our Staff

Our Supporters

The work of Beat the Streets would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters. We extend infinite thanks to our foundation, corporate, and individual donors, who help us in our mission to encourage and inspire the young people of New York City through the sport of amateur wrestling. Listed below are the names of all those who gave during each of the fiscal years tabbed below.

Career Opportunities

Youth Program Coaches
Beat the Streets is always looking for part-time and volunteer coaches for our youth program. Teams are located throughout the city and opportunities vary in season and scope.

If you have a wrestling background and are available to help during after-school and/or evening hours, please let us know when and where you are available and send a resume to Penn Gottfried (

All coaches will be required to pass a background check as part of the USA Wrestling Membership Coaches Card screening process.

Administrative Intern
Beat the Streets is currently looking for a part-time Administrative Intern. The Administrative Intern will provide key office support, performing routine clerical and administrative duties.  As part of a small nonprofit team, the Intern will gain valuable experience and insights from multiple functional departments.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Shannon Smith ( with “Administrative Intern” in the subject line.

Delivery Associate
Beat the Streets is in need of a part-time Delivery Associate, who will be responsible for BTS deliveries and pick-ups including but not limited to wrestling mats, crates, boxes, and other equipment.

To apply, submit a resume and references to Ken Bigley ( with “Delivery Coordinator” in the subject line.