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Beat the Streets New York's Jessica Kemgne earns Beat the Streets National Full Circle Scholarship

The BTSNY Junior League Assistant Coach received a $1,000 scholarship for giving back to the BTSNY community.

Jessica Kemgne received the inaugural Beat the Streets National Full Circle Scholarship Award last week at the second annual Beat the Streets National Camp and Duals, presented by Asics, at Wintrust Sports Complex in Bedford Park, Illinois.

The $1,000 scholarship is given to Beat the Streets alumni who give back to their Beat the Streets chapter as a coach, mentor or intern, and exhibit characteristics that embody Beat the Streets. Kemgne and alumni from Beat the Streets chapters across the country received the scholarship.


"We are so proud to see youth coming through BTS programs and then becoming that caring coach and mentor for the next generation of student-athletes," Beat the Streets National Executive Director Ben Reiter said. "This Full-Circle culture of growing across BTS Cities is going to make the Beat the Streets movement that much more impactful!"


Kemgne, who immigrated from Cameroon, started wrestling in 2018 when she joined Beat the Streets New York. She graduated from Inwood Academy and earned All-American honors in women's freestyle at the 2021 USA Wrestling Nationals.


Kemgne is now a rising junior at Fordham University, where she is pursuing bachelor's degrees in political science and French. She is in her second year as BTSNY's Junior League Assistant Coach through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. In her role, Kemgne primarily coaches K-8 student-athletes and assists with Training Center practices.


"I am honored to receive this scholarship from BTS National," Kemgne said. "I am grateful for all the resources and opportunities Beat the Streets has provided me throughout the years. There are so many coaches who have made the sport of wrestling enjoyable for me, and I am happy to now give back at BTSNY and make a difference!"


2023 BTS National Full Circle Scholarship Award Recipients

Baltimore: Chris Green

Chicago: Alvaro Perez

Cleveland: Rubyn Semedo

Lancaster: Jose Garcia

Los Angeles: Miya Galvan

New England: Michael Tavares

New York: Jessica Kemgne

Philadelphia: Davian White

Washington, D.C.: Zemen Sium


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.

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