Keeping Wrestling Relevant in the Offseason | USA Wrestling

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July 16, 2017 12:13

Keeping Wrestling Relevant in the Offseason | USA Wrestling

Keeping Wrestling Relevant in the Offseason

BY MATT KRUMRIE SPECIAL TO USA WRESTLING | JUNE 21, 2014, 12:35 P.M. (ET)

Wrestling may be an individual sport that competes mostly in the fall and winter, but smart wrestling teams instill the ideas of esprit d’corps and community service all year round.

“We try to come up with unique ideas,” says Kevin Black, a four-time coach of the U.S. Women’s World team whose day job is head coach of the River Falls (Wisc.) High School wrestling team. “We want people to remember us, to see us as part of the community and then, we hope it generates interest and inspires younger kids to wrestle or locals to support our programs.”

Case in point: During his hometown’s River Falls Days parade in July, Black has his wrestlers pull a float—typically a decorated pickup truck with a trailer—through the entire 3-mile parade route using nothing but a rope and their muscles. The display of strength and teamwork never fails to elicit applause and photo opportunities from the inspired crowd, he says. It creates a life-long memory for team members and keeps River Falls wrestling at the forefront of the minds of community members.

At other times of the year, Black routinely volunteers his wrestlers to help local businesses relocate when needed. “We pride wrestlers on being tough, strong kids, so when a business moves, we want to help,” says Black. ” It’s pretty cool, we enjoy doing it. I make sure I volunteer our wrestlers whenever needed.”

“We try to come up with unique ideas. We want people to remember us, to see us as part of the community and then, we hope it generates interest and inspires younger kids to wrestle or locals to support our programs.” – Kevin Black

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TomM
July 16, 2017 12:13