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    Beat the Streets 'Grapple at the Garden' to be postponed until later in 2020

    Grapple at the Garden made a highly successful debut at the Hulu Theater (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    NEW YORK -- Beat The Streets, the largest grassroots inner-city wrestling program in the United States, today announced that "Grapple At The Garden," its annual fundraiser which was to be held on Thursday, May 28, has been postponed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. The organization is entertaining several dates and formats for a rescheduled event later in the summer.

    "Our primary focus is the health and safety of all involved, especially our supporters, our athletes and staff, and in order to be properly prepared for what is always a celebratory first class event for all, we have decided to postpone our late May date," said Brendan Buckley, Beat the Streets Executive Director. "We are working with our partners at Madison Square Garden and all our stakeholders to find the most effective date in the coming months."

    "Grapple at the Garden" made a highly successful, sold-out debut at the Hulu Theater in 2019 following nearly a decade at various other iconic New York City venues.

    About Beat the Streets
    The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTS works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to bring the life-changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 New York City student-athletes to help them achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of grit, personal responsibility and teamwork, physical fitness and nutrition, and life-long learning. The goal of fostering strong, well-rounded student-athletes is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, life skills workshops, and summer camps. More information can be found at www.btsny.org.

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