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Beat the Streets raises $900K+ with 2024 Annual Benefit

Donations are still being accepted to help BTS surpass $1 million raised for the event.

Beat the Streets raised more than $900,000 (including pledges that are rolling in) with its 14th Annual Benefit on Tuesday at Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan.

The summer spectacle was packed with wrestling matches, a star-powered panel discussion and an auction. Each year the Annual Benefit provides BTS a unique way to raise funds to support local youth wrestling programs which empower New York City students.

Three BTS student-athletes showcased their wrestling skills against some of the toughest competition in the country, and Jesse Mendez topped Andrew Alirez in a highly anticipated bout between NCAA champions. Tim Ferriss, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Jordan Burroughs shared how the sport of wrestling has impacted them and outlined benefits the sport provides to the youth we serve. For the first time, BTS held a live auction filled with amazing experiences including a trip to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

"If you didn't have the opportunity to donate there's still time to give to get us above $1 million for the Benefit! Whether you attended in person or watched the event online, we greatly appreciate everyone's continued support of the BTS mission," BTS Executive Director Brendan Buckley said.

People can still make a general contribution to BTS for the Annual Benefit at

Exhibition Match Results

Jesse Mendez (Ohio State) dec. Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado), 4-1

Grey Burnett (Perrysburg, Ohio) tech. fall Oumar Tounkara (The Bronx, N.Y.), 14-4

Evin Gursoy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tech. fall Dunia Sibomana-Rodriguez (Long Beach, N.Y.), 16-6

Isabella Lorenzana (Queens, N.Y.) fall Caroline Biegel (DePaul Catholic, N.J.)



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.


BTS works to develop the full human and athletic potential of New York City urban youth and strengthen the city's 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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The Annual Benefit successfully combined thrilling wrestling matches, insightful discussions from influential figures, and an exciting live auction to raise funds, thereby creating a dynamic and engaging event that not only supports local youth wrestling programs but also highlights the profound impact of the sport on the lives of New York City students. slice masters


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It's amazing to see the impact of wrestling on youth, and the involvement of personalities like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Jordan Burroughs is fantastic.

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