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Beat the Streets New York elevates Narankhuu Ganbaatar to Youth Programming Manager

The Hunter College alumnus spent the past year as the Programming VISTA for BTSNY.

Beat the Streets New York's Board of Directors and Director of Programming Bob Seidel are pleased to announce the hiring of Narankhuu Ganbaatar as Youth Programming Manager.

Ganbaatar spent the past year as the Programming VISTA, working with BTSNY's Junior League and Academy programs. He will fill the vacancy left by Penn Gottfried, who will leave BTSNY at the end of August to begin his teaching career.

"Penn has been an extraordinary mentor to hundreds, if not thousands, of New York City youth," Ganbaatar said. "His commitment to helping young people's lives is ceaseless, and I'm very excited to see him continue to make an impact as a teacher.

"I'm very thankful for getting the opportunity to work and learn from him this year. He has thoroughly laid the foundation for NYC youth wrestling. I am confident I will continue to build on what he has accomplished."

Prior to BTSNY, Ganbaatar coached and taught at Manhattan Youth and P.S. 334 since 2017. The Arlington, Virginia native was a high school state finalist in wrestling and two-year starter at Hunter College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics.

"Narankhuu's previous experience with BTSNY, coupled with his knowledge of NYC wrestling make him an outstanding candidate to take over as Youth Programming Manager," Seidel said. "He will have big shoes to fill, but I am very confident he will continue to build upon our previous successes and continue to improve and increase our youth programs throughout the city."

“Khuu has proven himself to be a loyal, dedicated, thoughtful and hard-working member of the BTSNY team," BTSNY Executive Director Brendan Buckley said. "It became apparent early-on that when this year concluded and we would be tasked with filling what are every big shoes, Khuu was the right person for this job. He is a student of the sport and loves what he does. We are excited for his development in this role and with us at BTSNY."

Since being founded in 2005, Beat the Streets New York has pioneered a movement that now includes 150 individual wrestling programs, a youth league and the first girls high school league.

BTSNY works to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and strengthen the NYC wrestling culture. We aim to make a lifelong impact on student athletes through the lessons learned on the wrestling mat -- discipline, perseverance, self-reliance, humility and a strong work ethic. Discover how you can make a meaningful contribution to our work at



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