As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and alter the flow of life, Beat the Streets is rolling out the Million Minutes Challenge, a nationwide initiative aimed at keeping student-athletes active and engaged through daily challenges.
Every day at 3 p.m., short challenges with video examples are uploaded to the BTS Instagram page. Though they change on a daily basis, the challenges are both physical and mental in nature, ranging from bodyweight workout circuits to watching and taking notes on wrestling technique videos.
When students complete each challenge, they add their minutes of engagement to the BTS online tracker, which tallies those minutes toward the nationwide goal of one million minutes.
BTS is also introducing free, weekly workout sessions hosted live by a different clinician each Saturday. Tony Ramos, Kayla Miracle, and Nahshon Garrett are currently lined up for this new program. Additionally, other prominent wrestlers such as Yianni Diakomihalis, Sarah Hildebrandt, and Tamyra Mensah-Stock have hosted mini social media takeovers on the BTS platform to promote the Million Minute Challenge.
“As wrestlers, we are used to adverse situations and are resilient in finding ways to make the best of a worst-case scenario,” BTS Program Coordinator Emma Randall said. “It’s truly a united effort between all our cities to serve the over 7,000 BTS kids nationwide.”
While all Training Center practices and Academy programs remain halted for the time being, BTS continues to strive to impact kids in the New York City community and instil a sense of stability in their lives.
“We all know wrestling has the power to change lives and that the support of the wrestling community is like no other,” Randall said. “Whether it’s a daily challenge, a virtual workout on Zoom, or reaching out via call or text, we stay true to the kids we serve and our mission to positively impact their lives in this time of need.”