Lee Kemp, Chris Campbell and Nahshon Garrett
Beat the Streets Bay Area ("BTS Bay Area"), a Bay Area youth development organization focused on improving the lives of youth through wrestling and mentorship, is pleased to announce the first in a series of conversations on racism and the importance of Black lives. We have amazing and esteemed panel members willing to share their personal stories of being Black and the impact that wrestling and mentorship had on their lives. They will also discuss the importance of the work that BTS Bay Area is undertaking. Register to attend via https://respond.orrick.com/v/cledp1qq.
BTS Bay Area believes the horrors of racial injustice have greatly impacted Black lives and that indifference and inaction make us complicit in the systematic and disproportionate racism and violence against Black people. As an organization we stand for giving back and helping those in need. BTS Bay Area's mission is to be part of the solution and to combat inequality in our community to help create lasting change. We focus on the grass roots, bottom up effort of providing opportunity to help kids achieve their potential so they mature into productive, engaged citizens who know they matter and can affect society positively. We believe communication and dialogue regarding issues facing Black wrestlers is critical in this mission and, therefore, BTS Bay Area is sponsoring at least two events to begin the dialogue and conversation for everyone in our community to be better informed and take action.
First Panel: Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 12 p.m. PST
Reggie Lee (Panel Moderator)
BTS Bay Area Board Member
Harvard wrestling alum
Lee Kemp (Panelist)
Three-time world champion
BTS Board Member
Chris Campbell (Panelist)
Olympic bronze medalist
1980 & 1992 Olympian
Nahshon Garrett (Panelist)
Cornell wrestling alum
Second Panel: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12 p.m. PST
BTS Bay Area will follow up with a second conversation on Black lives featuring Black women wrestlers on Sept. 16, 2020 at 12 p.m. PST (Save the date).
If you cannot make the presentation and would like to donate: https://www.btsbayarea.org/take-action.
Link: Press Release
About Beat the Streets Bay Area
In February 2019, BTS Bay Area was formed to improve the lives of youth in disadvantaged communities through the sport of wrestling and mentorship. BTS Bay Area focused its initial programs in Oakland, partnering with the Oakland Unified School District, to launch after school wrestling programs in the Spring of 2019. BTS Bay Area brings the life changing sport of wrestling to Oakland student-athletes to improve their academic, health and social and emotional well-being. BTS Bay Area partnered with the Award-Winning Summer Program Aim High to offer a program at the Oakland Westlake Middle School in 2019. This summer, BTS Bay Area is partnering with Aim High to provide enrichment opportunities through distance wrestling and fitness programs featuring many notable wrestling luminaries including BTS Bay Area Board Members Cynthia Calvillo and Lee Kemp (see: https://www.btsbayarea.org/summer2020). In the Fall, BTS Bay Area plans to expand its programming to the Oakland Housing Authority, Sunnyvale, and San Jose youth wrestling programs. To learn, more visit https://www.btsbayarea.org