Beat the Streets held its annual Winter Break Training Camp at Bayard Rustin Educational Complex in Manhattan from December 27-29, wrapping up 2018 on a positive note and setting the stage for an even better 2019.
This year’s camp – which serves as an opportunity for student-athletes to continue training during the holidays when facility access across the city is limited - was one of the highest attended in Beat the Streets’ history as more than 265 student-athletes checked in across the three-day, double session practices.
Most of the practices were led by Beat the Streets staff - including Executive Director Brendan Buckley, Youth Director Penn Gottfried, Girls Development Coordinator Emma Randall, and Program Assistant and alumnus Barry Hart – along with other area coaches. In addition, several other BTS alumni home on break came to camp to coach and mentor their younger counterparts. Some of the alumni in attendance included: Pearl Fletcher (Truman HS / SUNY Cortland), Hailey Cancelleri (Curtis HS / King University), Daisy Bravo (Wingate HS / Nassau CC), Julius Whetstone (Martin Luther King HS) and Jalill Herra (Wingate HS).
“It’s incredible to see the growth of women’s wrestling, especially in New York. These young women were the epitome of what a wrestler should be. They worked hard the entire time and they all came ready to learn. It really shows why programs like Beat the Streets are vital not only for wrestling but for young women.” – Delaware Valley University head coach Caitlyn Baker
"It was great to see so many girls show up over break. In the past, we have seen attendance drop off over the duration of camp, however this year the girls not only continued to show up, but they were attentive and eager to learn." – Harry Truman HS head coach Ted Cook
“It was amazing to see Coach Steven Keith and Coach Emma Randall working with the kids by giving them advice and helping them take steps to get better in their skills.” - Brooklyn Tech HS head coach Liju Abraham
Coach Baker led the girl practices on the first day of camp, one of a few special guests and additions this year’s camp had for the student-athletes in attendance. Day two of camp was highlighted by a coaches education session led by Randall and the final day saw members of the United States Marine Corps lead the campers in a workout.
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