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  • Brandon Cain

Beat the Streets New York raises more than $100K with 2022 Year-End Campaign

The donations will help BTSNY make a lifelong impact on more than 2,500 New York City student-athletes.

Beat the Streets New York is proud to announce it surpassed the $100,000 mark for a second straight year-end campaign by raising more than $110,000 with online and mail donations.

The 2022 year-end campaign highlighted three exceptional BTSNY Academy student-athletes: Leona Gao (Junior League), and Botensky Bauzile and Alexis Elson (high school).

Gao discussed how she has built confidence and strength through wrestling. Bauzile described his journey to winning a Mayor's Cup tournament title last year and his desire to claim a city championship in 2023. Elson detailed her recovery from a broken collarbone and her drive to become the first female Mayor's Cup champion.

"We are so grateful for the continued support from our donors who believe Beat the Streets remains an impactful organization to so many student-athletes throughout our great city," BTSNY Executive Director Brendan Buckley said. "Alexis, Botensky and Leona’s stories of personal development illustrate the type of learning and skills they acquire while wrestling at Beat the Streets."

The contributions from the 2022 year-end campaign will help BTSNY continue to make a lifelong impact on New York City student-athletes on and off the mat in 2023 and beyond. In the event, people were not able to donate to the campaign before they can give at

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

Beat the Streets 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.



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