• Brandon Cain

Impact 100 event raises more than $100K for Beat the Streets

BTS founder Mike Novogratz discussed cryptocurrency and NFT market during a special panel discussion.

The Impact 100 event raised more than $100,000 for Beat the Streets wrestling programs Thursday night at The Cabana at Catch Steak in New York City.


The special panel discussion about cryptocurrency featured BTS founder and Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz and was co-hosted by BTS board of directors Shawn Rubin and Yoshi Nakamura. The event was proudly sponsored by MoonPay, DLA Piper and Rich Tavoso.


"We always appreciate the opportunity to hear our our founder, Mike Novogratz, speak about finance as well as the sport of wrestling," BTS Executive Director Brendan Buckley said. "It was so exciting to work on an event again with Shawn, Yoshi and our board and staff. We look forward to using Impact 100 as a catalyst for our entire organization as we come together to achieve new goals in the coming year, including a successful Annual Benefit in May."


Novogratz shared his knowledge about cryptocurrency and the NFT market in front of more than 50 guests, including BTS National Executive Director Ben Reiter.


Reiter, a former University of Pennsylvania wrestler and MMA fighter, said the event was a great way to raise funds for BTS wrestling programs and network with BTS NYC chapter.


The event was BTS' first major fundraising endeavor since BTS raised $80,000 at the Spartan Race in June. BTS will kick off its Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign Tuesday, Nov. 30.


Since being founded in 2005, BTS 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 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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