Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis has joined the New York staff as a Student-Athlete Mentor and Coach Educator. Maroulis has been involved with BTSNY for years and has decided to form a significantly more engaged partnership with the organization to work directly with the program's youth.
"I'm very excited to step into this role of working with BTSNY," Maroulis said. "I've always loved working with kids, and I became more passionate about this and writing programs/curriculums after meeting with the entire Beat the Streets team last October. Mentoring and writing curriculums seemed to be where I could be of most value to the organization. I love what BTSNY does, what they represent, and getting to see firsthand the daily impact they have on kids all over New York makes me look forward to more possibilities for these children in the future."
Maroulis began her relationship with BTS in 2011 at the age of 20 when she competed in BTSNY's USA vs. Mongolia dual meet at Brooklyn's Grand Street Campus. Maroulis won her match and proved to be an inspiration to the BTSNY student-athletes in attendance, especially the female participants. She has competed in nearly every BTSNY Annual Benefit since, growing her fan base within New York City and across the world.
After earning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Maroulis' desire to fully realize her role as an ambassador for the sport of wrestling led her to pursue a formal opportunity with BTSNY.
This Fall, Maroulis became more involved with current programming at BTSNY, working on curriculum development and providing mentorship. Her involvement paid immediate dividends during recent sessions at Harlem's DREAM Academy and at the Queens Junior League Kickoff event in September.
Notably, Maroulis will be working closely with programming staff to conduct site visits and collect input from coaches, with a primary goal of implementing a new, comprehensive coaching curriculum.
This curriculum will better assist coaches in connecting off-the-mat objectives and real-life experiences with the values student-athletes will learn on a wrestling team. In helping develop this curriculum, Maroulis brings her unique perspective as an elite athlete who has thoughtfully observed wrestling in different environments across the globe.