The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full human and athletic potential of urban youth and to strengthen the wrestling culture within New York City.
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 leads to enhanced social and personal development, and ultimately to better life outcomes, in the youth we serve.
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, discipline, perseverance, self-reliance, humility — are applied to other areas of life, then so much more can be achieved in a lifetime.
With humble beginnings of merely 25 wrestling programs, Beat the Streets pioneered a movement that now includes 150 individual wrestling programs. Included are a youth league, 80 boys high school programs, and the first of its kind, a girls-only high school league with 30 programs. With New York City's Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), we have transformed the landscape and culture of wrestling in New York City.
The Annual Impact Reports listed below provide context and perspective to the work we have done, are doing, and will continue to do.