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ANNUAL REPORT


TABLE OF CONTENTS Board, Leadership Council, and Staff

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Letter from the Executive Director and Chairman

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Our Kids

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Our Coaches

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On-the-Mat

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Off-the-Mat

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Annual Highlights

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Special Events

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Partners and Supporters

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Financials

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BOARD, LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, AND STAFF

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

STAFF

Ray Barczak United Parcel Service

Ryan Abbott Oakridge Staffing

Brendan Buckley Executive Director

David Barry Ironstate Development

Kevin Beinhacker United Parcel Service

Jaime Gray Director of Programming

Kyra Tirana Barry Board President

Jayson Bowlsby Apollo Global Management LLC

Ken Bigley Programming Consultant

Scott Beck DaKoy Capital Markets

Donald Douglas Public Schools Athletic League

Jacque Davis Girls Development Director

Dean Colucci Duane Morris LLP

Eric Goldstein NYC Department of Education School Support Services

Penn Gottfried Junior League Director

Jesse Jantzen Skylar James Capital Yoshi Nakamura Citibank Mike Novogratz Galaxy Investment Partners Board Chairman

Walter Peppelman Deutsche Bank Richard Ranalli Rivermayn Realty Advisors Anthony Rinella Morgan Stanley

John Novogratz Millennium Management

David Rios Columbia University

Elena Pirozhkova U.S. Olympian

Mark Savino Northwestern Mutual

Shannon Smith Director of Operations Lamar Carter Communications Coordinator Joe DelConte Development Coordinator

Shawn Rubin Morgan Stanley John Smith Oklahoma State University Wrestling Hooman Tavakolian Cyrus Capital Partners Corey Wright Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

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OUR MISSION IS

TO DEVELOP THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE URBAN YOUTH AND TO STRENGTHEN THE CULTURE OF NEW YORK CITY WRESTLING.


WE’VE COME A LONG WAY SINCE 2005... In 2005, when BTS launched, there were only 26 wrestling programs in the entire city of New York. Today, we have close to 150 wrestling programs that are part of Beat the Streets’ co-ed middle school league (“Junior League”), boys high school league, and girls high school league – the only one of its kind in the United States – in addition to training centers across all five boroughs. From just 26 wrestling programs 13 years ago, today we work with 3,000 students across New York City. We have come a long way. The incredible growth of Beat the Streets would not have been possible without the support of New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) and the leadership provided by Eric Goldstein and Donald Douglas. The PSAL
has been our strongest partner in growing the sport of wrestling and creating opportunities for our students in New York City. Together, Beat the Streets and the PSAL have transformed the wrestling landscape in New York City. As Beat the Streets has grown, so too has our potential and responsibility to positively impact our wrestlers off the mat. To fulfill this part of our mission, in 2013, we launched the T.O.P. Camp, a comprehensive summer camp that teaches our students both wrestling fundamentals and life skills such as healthy nutrition, college prep, and financial literacy. During the 2016-17 season we expanded the T.O.P. model year-round, offering monthly life skills workshops and making these opportunities accessible to more of our student-athletes. These efforts have created a deeper level of engagement with our kids and coaches and have strengthened our mission of developing the full potential of our student-athletes.

On the mat, the 2016-17 wrestling season was one for the record books. At the New York State Wrestling Championships, we had five state place-winners including Brandon Nunez, who became the first Beat the Streets wrestler to win a state title at the Division I level. In doing so, Brandon proved that a student-athlete from the city can reach the pinnacle of athletic accomplishment in our sport. In 2017 Brandon went on to pursue his athletic dreams as a member of the Rhode Island College varsity wrestling team. At Beat the Streets, we are proud of Brandon’s ability to transcend his beginnings and use wrestling to advance his education. Today, the words that I hear most often from our coaches, donors, staff, and board are the words “progress” and “respect.” While we are indeed proud of how far we have come and the respect that NYC Wrestling has earned, as wrestlers, we are always looking to do more and hope to make the 2017-18 season our best yet. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Leadership Council and the BTSNY Staff, I want to thank you for being a part of our journey and hope you will stay a part of our wrestling family for years to come.

With thanks,

Brendan Buckley, Executive Director

Mike Novogratz, Chairman of the Board

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WRESTLING CHANGED MY LIFE.


OUR KIDS BOROUGHS 18% Bronx 11% Manhattan 26% Queens 35% Brooklyn 10% Staten Island

GENDER

84% Boys 16% Girls

ETHNICITY

35% 24% 20% 14% 7%

Latino African American Caucasian Mixed Asian

SOCIOECONOMICS

76% Qualify for free/ reduced price lunch

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Wrestling has helped me by giving me a place where I can be myself and take out my anger without getting in trouble. It taught me how to be part of a team and work with other people. It taught me how to deal with losing.

KEYANIE

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Excellence Charter School, Brooklyn 7th Grade | First Year Wrestler


My coaches motivate me to be a better wrestler, person, and role model to my teammates. Wrestling changed my life in a good way with my grades improving. I excel in my classes, and I am becoming more disciplined.

DEVONE

Eagle Academy for Young Men, Bronx 6th Grade | First Year Wrestler

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BRANDON BEGAN HIS WRESTING CAREER AS A HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN. HE ATTENDED OUR TRAINING CENTERS TWO TO THREE TIMES PER WEEK, AS WELL AS EVERY COMPETITION POSSIBLE. IN HIS SENIOR YEAR, HE BECAME THE FIRST PSAL WRESTLER TO WIN A DIVISION ONE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. HE IS CURRENTLY IN HIS FIRST WRESTLING SEASON AT RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE.

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Before I started wrestling at Beat the Streets, I was getting suspended numerous times in school, I got into a lot of fights, and my grades were really low. It’s really hard to get out of that if you don’t have something that’s occupying you. I think Beat the Streets has made me an all around better person. It pushes kids to be a better version of themselves. It leads them to a better future with college. Everyone does have the opportunity, they just need to take it. I want kids in the future to look at me and be like if Brandon can do it, then I can do it.

BRANDON

John Bowne High School, Queens, Class of 2017 Rhode Island College, Freshman

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OUR COACHES

165 COACHES

OCTOBER SEMINAR

BTSNY ensures safe, fun, and quality wrestling instruction for all participants by offering resources and training to all NYC wrestling coaches throughout the year including:

Topics covered included creating a winning culture, fundraising, dealing with challenges in an urban setting, mental training, creating an annual training program and using social media to promote a program.

• Certifications in First Aid, CPR/AED, and Concussion Safety • Coaching clinics with featured clinicians • Experienced coach mentors • Coaching methods seminars with up-to-date techniques for novice and advanced coaches • Online practice plans including videos

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65 Coaches

Featured Ernie Monaco, founder of Edge Wresting, and Gene and Jeff Zannetti, founders of Wrestling Mindset

DECEMBER SEMINAR

20 Coaches

Featured Brendan Buckley, BTSNY Executive Director, and Rob Koll, Head Coach of Cornell University

FEBRUARY SEMINAR Featured Gene and Jeff Zannetti

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There are things Zannetti said that I can immediately use to build a strong mindset for kids. Four principles that would be the kid's creed and get kids understanding what it means to be a wrestler-1. I will be thankful for the opportunity to wrestle 2. I will be aggressive and relentless 3. I will have no fear of losing or making mistakes 4. I will never give up Those four principles can build their mindset as a wrestler and as a great person as they grow up.

COACH DOS SANTOS

Inwood Academy for Leadership Manhattan

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Wrestling made me become a stronger person both mentally and physically. I used to stress about facing obstacles in my life, but the mentality that wrestling gave me helped me lose that fear. I now go after what I want career and school-wise in a way I never would have before. As a coach, I want to create relationships and support those starting out in the sport in the same way that I was given support.

COACH KOAG

I.S. 72 Rocco Laurie Staten Island

Coach Koag has been involved in NYC wrestling for the past eight years. As a BTSNY alumna, she began coaching a middle school program three years ago.

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BTSNY has provided me with endless resources to help make my coaching easier. I work in a Title 1 school, which means that most of my students are from a low-income household. So BTSNY helps with wrestling shoes, headgear, uniforms, education, and character development. These are just some of the things that I don’t have to worry about, which means I can now focus on just being a coach.

COACH WEBB

M.S 129 Academy For Indepedent Learning and Leadership Bronx

Coach Webb has been involved in NYC wrestling since he wrestled for Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. He has been coaching in the city for the past 15 years, 10 of which were with BTSNY.

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SINCE WRESTLING WITH BTSNY, SHE HAS A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE.


ON-THE-MAT SCHOOL BASED PROGRAMS JUNIOR LEAGUE PARENTS SAID... BTSNY JUNIOR LEAGUE Middle School Teams 41 Fall | 18 Winter Boys 580 Fall | 322 Winter

68%

their child’s eating habits became healthier since wrestling with BTSNY

77%

noticed an improvement in their child’s academic performance since wrestling with BTSNY

98%

would like their child to continue wrestling

100%

stated that wrestling challenges their child in a positive way

Girls 100 Fall | 49 Winter Competitions 14

PSAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS & BLENDED Boys Teams 70 Blended Teams 10 Boys 1659 Girls 280 BTSNY Sponsored Tournaments 22

PSAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS Teams 27 Girls 352 BTSNY Sponsored Tournaments 8

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ON-THE-MAT COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS

TRAINING CENTERS

COMPETITION

CAMPS & CLINICS

Five locations serving K-12th Grade in Brooklyn (2), Bronx, Queens, Manhattan

Number of Competitions Attended 20 (Regional 16, National 4)

Boys 1041

Number of Competition Opportunities Provided 367

October Clinic 50 Student-Athletes Featured Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi

Girls 297

PREMIER COMPETITION Eastern States Classic

TOP EIGHT PLACERS 4

NY-USAW Girls State Championships

10

NY-USAW Youth State Championships

13

NY-USAW Freestyle & Greco Roman State Championships

40

Girls National Championships

3

Girls US Marine Corps Cadet & Junior Nationals

4

Boys US Marine Corps Cadet & Junior Nationals

1

Winter Break Training Camp 150 Student-Athletes Spring Break Training Camp 150 Student-Athletes Featured World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Frank Chamizo Top of the Podium Camp 219 Student-Athletes Held at Seward Park Campus in Manhattan, each day of T.O.P. Camp Featured two wrestling sessions and workshops focused on the high school and college application process. Featured clinicians included former Olympians and current College Coaches. Cornell Coach Rob Koll's C Brand Competition and Technique Camp 118 Student-Athletes At Camp Maple Lake in Forksville, PA, our campers experienced fishing, kayaking, and top-notch wrestling, as well as hearing about BTSNY alumnus and current Cornell Wrestler McZiggy Richards’ journey to Cornell after immigrating to the U.S. from St. Vincent at 16 years old.

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OFF-THE-MAT STUDENTS IN ACTION PROGRAM 40 Middle School Student-Athletes The Jefferson Awards Foundation Students In Action program seeks to develop students into leaders who will have the tools to positively impact their immediate communities and schools, as well as the larger communities around them. The program included a kick-off conference followed by community service projects implemented by each team, such as the School and Neighborhood Clean-Up completed by Eagle Academy in the Bronx.

LIFE SKILLS & COMMUNITY SERVICE In order to earn a scholarship to the Junior National Tournament in Fargo, ND, or the C Brand Competition and Technique Camp in Forksville, PA, our high school student-athletes had to complete five Life Skills Workshops and five hours of BTSNY Community Service. Life Skills Workshops Workshops: 18 Unique Student-Athletes: 337 Life Skill Hours: 2104

Life Skills Workshops covered topics such as College Access, Nutrition, Time Management, Financial Literacy, Communicating with Law Enforcement, and more. Service Hours Unique Student-Athletes: 243 Service Hours: 915

While our wrestlers spend a lot of time in school, they aren't often given the opportunity to socialize and really expand their creativity for a good cause like they were today. Today, and the upcoming months with the project, will really teach our kids values such as selflessness, respect, and community service that will last them a lifetime.

COACH SANTIMAURO

J.H.S 234 Arthur W. Cunningham Brooklyn

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OFF-THE-MAT

BECOME YOUR OWN DREAM SCHOLARSHIP 2017 Become Your Own Dream Scholarship Winner: Brandon Nunez, John Bowne High School, Queens Since 2011, The Become Your Own Dream Scholarship, founded by Board Member Hooman Tavakolian, has been awarded annually to a New York City student-athlete who has overcome hardship, graduated high school, and plans to wrestle in college.

WRESTLER’S MARK AWARDS

VARONIS INTERNSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Wrestler’s Marks: Head Up, Move Your Feet, In Position to Score

Varonis Internships & Scholarships 5 Student-Athletes

Our Wrestler’s Mark Character Development Program is designed to educate our studentathletes on how wrestling provides lessons that translate directly to their lives in the classroom, community, and family. Student-athletes learned about the Wrestler’s Mark of the day or week, and those that exhibited the traits were nominated to receive the award by their coach.

Through the Varonis Systems Inc. Internship, our recent high school graduates were able to gain real life skills, as well as insight into various departments that make up an organization. They rotated through five departments within the company including Marketing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Sales, and Finance. As a result of successful completion of the internship, each participant received a college tuition scholarship for the following school year.

Wrestler’s Marks Awarded in Junior League 135 Wrestler’s Marks Awarded in T.O.P. Camp 80 20 Beat the Streets Wrestling


ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS

10/12 Coaches Seminar 65 Coaches 11/12 Junior League City Championships 150 Student-Athletes 1/21 Mayor's Cup Championships BTSNY once again sponsored this PSAL event that brings together NYC’s top high school wrestlers from the Public, Catholic, and Independent Schools to compete for the title of “Best in the City.” 2/25 NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships BTSNY regular Brandon Nunez became the first PSAL wrestler to win a division one state title. 4/22-23 Gotham City Girls Open Championship 385 Student-Athletes For the fourth year, BTSNY and the PSAL partnered to deliver this premier girls’ tournament with competitors hailing from 19 states and three countries.

5/17 Annual Benefit: USA vs. Japan in Times Square This event not only serves as the largest source of funding for BTSNY, but as a marquee event for the international wrestling community. 7/5-7/8 Top of the Podium Camp 219 Student-Athletes 7/14-22 USMC Cadet & Junior National Championships 32 Student-Athletes BTSNY had five All-Americans: Khadeja Ayers, Fourth Place; Nia Crosdale, Fourth Place; Hailey Cancelleri, Seventh Place; Terrance Parks, Third Place; Shalee Williams, Fourth Place. 7/29-8/2 C Brand Competition and Technique Camp 118 Student-Athletes

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WRESTLING IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE BIG APPLE.


SPECIAL EVENTS

TAILGATE AND TONICS September 15, 2016 80 Guests $9,000 Raised

STEP INTO THE CIRCLE: ADULT WRESTLING TOURNAMENT March 11, 2017 45 Participants $29,000 Raised

IMPACT 100 WITH MIKE NOVOGRATZ

EAST MEETS WEST - USA VS. JAPAN IN TIMES SQUARE May 17, 2017 750 Guests $1,200,000 Raised In Times Square for the sixth time, palpable excitement once again surrounded the Annual Benefit where the U.S. National team dominated team Japan. This Olympian-studded match was preceded by BTSNY youth matches and the PSAL Girls High School Dual Meet Championship showcasing who these much-needed funds support.

April 18, 2017 25 Guests $25,000 Raised At the inaugural Impact 100 event, BTSNY Chairman Mike Novogratz gave a captivating speech on current Global Macro Economic Issues.

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PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS PARTNERS Boys Clubs of New York Jefferson Awards Foundation NYC Department of Education Public, Charter, Private, and Catholic Schools Public Schools Athletic League Up2Us Sports USA Wrestling Varonis Systems Inc. Wrestling Mindset

SUPPORTERS $50,000+ Andrew and Avery Barth / Beat the Streets LA Jamie Dinan Mike and Sukey Novogratz Anonymous $25,000 - $49,999 A.J.D. Construction Co Inc. Dave, Kyra and Michael Barry Citi Business Services Lynn and Wes Edens Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus Sonia and Paul Jones Tina and John Novogratz Rahul Sharma Richard and Leanne Tavoso Anonymous $10,000 - $24,999 Alsop Louis Management, LLC Azad Watches Jacqueline Novogratz and Chris Anderson Ray Barczak Joseph and Gail Barry Scott Beck Brad Beutter Bridge Investment Group Holdings Devon and Pete Briger

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Denise and Dave Bunning Lisa and Dick Cashin Cliff Keen Athletic Stephanie and Chase Coleman Coatue Foundation Cyrus Capital Partners, LP Element Capital Management Ronald Goldstein / Apollo Jets Vivien and Daniel Hyman Edward McBride PVH Corp. Resilite Sports Products Ann Malavet and Tim Reusing John Ripley Ed Rubin Shawn and Suzanne Rubin Gary Sagui Hillary Schafer Michael and Regina Shaffer Mark Shafir Kate and John Storey Igor Tulchinsky / World Quant Foundation The Vranos Family Foundation Amit Yoran Anonymous $5,000 - $9,999 Edward Arden ASICS America Corporation Chynna Phillips and Billy Baldwin Westray Battle Stuart Bohart John Bonello Jeffrey Clark Suvretta Capital Glenn and Eva Dubin T.J. Durnan / CommonWealth Opportunity Capital Michelle and Jeff Feig Flo Sports Finish Line Youth Foundation Friedman Family Foundation Kenneth Gatto Nicholas Giannuzzi

Steve Harrick Heidecorn Family Foundation Hinman Straub P.C. Jesse Jantzen Kowitz Family Foundation Lazard Morgan Stanley Brendan McAllister Nomura Securities International Amy Novogratz and Mike Velings Rachael Reid Heidi and Scott Smith Hooman Tavakolian James and Merryl Tisch United Parcel Service Foundation USA Wrestling George W. Wellde Jr. Brian and Susie Zachman Anonymous $2,000 - $4,999 Alexander Anderson Cecile Baker William Balassone Barclays Paolo Beltrame Gina and Wlliam Bocra, Jr. Jonathan Colquhoun The Community Foundation for the NCR Daniel DeAlmeida Pamela Donnelly Duane Morris LLP Thomas Faherty Marin Gagliardi Robert Grogan Todd Holder Kursad Ilgar Robert Jackson Jonathan Kaplan Andrew Leonard Kevin Lyons Clinton Matter John Moon Linda Muldoon


PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS Amy and Yoshi Nakamura Eric Ogden Anthony Rinella Curt Sang Chael Sonnen The Stacey and Robert Morse Foundation Jennifer Thiel Allison Turner / UBS AG Robyn Zeller $1,000 - $1,999 Ryan Abbott The Arnel Family Beat the Streets Chicago, Inc. Kirk Bedell Kevin Beinhacker Albert Bevilacqua Ilya Boroditsky David Cannizzo John Ciraulo Samuel Cole David Crisanti Andrew Dempsey The DR. & ALR Stranger R&A Family Trust Scott Edwards Scott Emery Matthew Esposito Jim Fallis Steve Ferguson Jim Fraivillig Richard Gilston / Gilston Electric Henry Gucker Bryan Heller Spencer Houldin Caroline and Edward Hyman Harold Iselin / Greenberg Traurig, LLP Frederick Kohly LiquidHub, Inc. Shannon and Brett Matter Gloria McCarthy Mark Meskin Hans Morris

Michael Moyer David Mullane Arun Narasimhan Network for Good New York Athletic Club Andrew Nipon Laya Panicker Stew Paterson Walter Peppelman Alan Portnoi David Rios, Stuyvesant / Brooklyn Tech Andrew Rosen Denis Ryan Lee Roy and Lisa Smith Eileen Solla-Diaz Brandon Spellman / The Pingry Corporation Nicholas Standish Lou Taylor Jessica Taylor / The Corcoran Group United Parcel Service Josh Vicini John Vincent Jack Walker Cameron Winklevoss Tyler Winklevoss Corey Wright Bryan Young $500 - $999 David Ackman Steven Andersen Anderson – Devitt Foundation David Berg Jayson Bowlsby Tom Bryan Mary Kay Bushwell Robert Chapin Rick Collins Griffin Costantino John Cuggy Franck Cushner Rober Dorrance

Double Leg Ninja Angie Eng Nelson Gaertner Christopher Garrison Christopher Gerry Glenn Gibson David Grant Phil Hermann Adam Herrmann The Hyde and Watson Foundation Ellen Kealy Daniel Lachcik David Mattana Max Meltzer Jeremy Mindich Gregory Moore Alan Murray Abhishek Nadamani National Wrestling Hall of Fame Patrick Niro John Orr Mark Quaglia Sally Roberts David Rourke Paul Santoro Mark Savino Jessica Scott Jeff Seidler Chanel Soto Thomas Stamatelos Conor Sweeney Zane Tankel Barbara Tortorella Brad Traviolia Timothy Valliere Daniel Willis Photography Credits: Stephen Alvarado Chris Barr Alexander Federic Justin Hoch Robert Preston Julie Skarratt Photography Inc.

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FINANCIALS 2017

2016

Contributions and Grants

837,560

672,936

Donated Goods and Services

118,369

60,273

19,452

3,790

765,452

701,745

$1,740,833

$1,438,744

773,397

1,009,527

Management and General

465,803

237,192

Fundraising

172,176

94,215

$1,411,376

$1,340,934

329,457

97,810

Support and Revenue

Other Income Special Events (Net) Total Support and Revenue Expenses Program Services Support Services:

Total Expenses Change in Net Assets Beginning Net Assets

353,804

255,994

Ending Net Assets

$683,261

$353,804

YOUR RESOURCES AT WORK

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Annual Competitions Attended

16

4

Regional

National

367

Competition Opportunities Provided

SAMPLE COMPETITION Mohawk Valley Internationl Wrestling Festival | Canastotota, NY - $5,900 43 Girls

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Entry Fees $1,000

Coach $400

Bus $2,000

Hotel $1,000

USA Wrestling Memberships $1,500


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NTO T I P HE TE

CIRCLE Beat the Streets is dedicated to improving the lives of New York City’s youth. With your support, we can realize that goal and so much more. VISIT From competitions to enrichment programs, there are many opportunities to see our impact first-hand. VOLUNTEER We are always looking for coaches and event helpers. Complete the Volunteer Interest Form on our website. DONATE As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible and go directly to supporting our mission of helping young people through wrestling. CONNECT Like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and visit our website to stay informed on Beat the Streets’ efforts. @BeatTheStreets

For more information or ways to get involved, email info@btsny.org or call us at 212-777-5702.


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