The U.S. Wrestling Foundation launches the first national #LetsWrestle program to help more high school students prepare for success and overcome challenges through the principles of wrestling.
The campaign features prominent and nationally recognized celebrities, who attribute the disciplines learned in wrestling as part of their professional success. Stars from Hollywood, the NFL and other sports, business leaders and scientists, include Tommy Hilfiger, Chris Pratt, Mark Ruffalo, NASA astronauts, IndyCar drivers and NFL Super Bowl champions, among others.
Posters of the stars and other recruiting materials are being sent to over 11,000 high school wrestling coaches across the country. The campaign will increase awareness of wrestling and inspire kids to get active after the covid pandemic.
“Wrestling changes lives. It teaches you how to respond to challenges in a positive way,” said Jeff Waters, Chairman of the U.S. Wrestling Foundation.
“The process of wrestling instills the values of courage, hard work, perseverance, and humility. These are the building blocks for success in anything,” said Mike Moyer, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
“The lessons learned in wrestling translate directly to making better choices and better outcomes in life,” said Bruce Baumgartner, President of USA Wrestling.
“Wrestling is a great precursor to success. It sets the course for life and we want more boys and girls to have that experience, now more than ever,” commented Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Wrestling is currently the sixth most popular boys high school sport and is the fastest growing girls high school sport.
The program is conducted in coordination with U.S. Wrestling Foundation partners that include the National Wrestling Coaches Association, USA Wrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The materials can also be downloaded at WrestlingChangesLives.com