ANNUAL REPORT BEAT THE STREETS NYC WRESTLING
BEAT THE STREETS WRESTLING, INC. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling.
BOARD, LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AND STAFF Board of Directors
Ray Barczak United Parcel Service BTS Chairman Andrew Bonita Antarctica Capital
Emilio Collins Excel Sports Management Dean Colucci Duane Morris LLP BTS Secretary
Jesse Jantzen Skylar James Capital BTS Vice Chairman Chris Lindsey Jane Street
Yoshi Nakamura NAKA Capital Partners Matt Palmer BNP Paribas
Shawn Rubin Galaxy Digital
Alberto Ebanks Ebanks Law Firm
Frank Ryan DLA Piper
Eric Goldstein Range Patagonian
Hooman Tavakolian Cyrus Capital Partners
Scott Feinstein 42West
Shawn Rubin Morgan Stanley
David Heidecorn L Catterton
Corey Wright Cahill Gordon & Reindell LLP BTS Treasurer
Chris Henrich RBC Capital Markets
Leadership Council Sue Ballard Bank of America
Ken Bigley Public Schools Athletic League Kevin Beinhacker United Parcel Service
Jayson Bowlsby Apollo Global Management LLC Kevin Collins Pacific Investment Management Company
Donald Douglas Public Schools Athletic League Rick Gilston Gilston Electric
Tyler Grimaldi Morgan Stanley
Michael Piccirillo CitiBank Anthony Rinella Morgan Stanley
David Rios Columbia University
Staff Brendan Buckley Executive Director John Rollins Senior Director of Operations & Finance Penn Gottfried Director of Youth Programming
Emma Randall Director of HS Programming & Head Girl’s Coach Steven Keith Head Boy’s Coach
Mariana Olalde Development Coordinator Ashley Wang Communications Coordinator
Barry Hart Programming Assistant
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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We will stop at nothing as we continue to creatively impact our studentathletes and support them in achieving their goals. It was February 2020 when I recall feeling that Beat the Streets was having one of our best years to date. On the first day of March 2020, I recall feeling that Beat the Streets was having one of our best years to date. Our staff was energized, our new Academy program was thriving, and we just set a new record with eight student-athletes placing at the New York State Championships. 11 days later, our soaring confidence was put into question as Covid-19 arrived on our shores. Questions about safety took center stage and our future was uncertain at best. Are we safe? Can we see our
student-athletes? How can we help them at this time? Will we be able to host our Annual Benefit? Will we have to let people go? Is Beat the Streets going to make it? Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties – it is toughness. If there is one thing wrestlers pride themselves on, it is exactly that. This toughness was displayed by everyone within Beat the Streets – staff, student-athletes, coaches and the Board – and it manifested itself in numerous ways in what became (and still is) an incredibly challenging environment. Immediately after the news broke, we engaged with other BTS cities across the U.S. to begin the Million Minutes Challenge, a national campaign to achieve one million minutes of impact via online workouts and mentorship sessions with not only our own coaches, but also Olympic and World-level athletes. And while we were unable to host our usual Annual Benefit to a sold-out crowd, we still committed to hosting our 11th Annual Benefit on the Hudson River, even if we couldn’t have fans attend in-person.
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Resilience led us to remain relevant and reach outcomes that we had not achieved in the past. In this new virtual world, we are grateful that our student-athletes stuck with us. All 20 seniors in the Academy graduated on time and all 20 either enrolled in college or entered the U.S. Armed Forces. 13 of them also went on to continue their athletic careers as collegiate student-athletes. Also, as you will read in the following pages, major gains took place with respect to school attendance and socialemotional learning measures. While we know that the road ahead remains unclear, we remain optimistic and will stop at nothing as we continue to creatively impact our student-athletes and support them in achieving their goals both on and off the mat. The multitude of pivots and strategic changes we have made during the pandemic have motivated us to double-down on what matters most – not just producing successful wrestlers, but teaching the skills that
will help them thrive in life, no matter the circumstances. Next year, we seek to grow the Academy both in depth and breadth. Increasing the number of boys and girls we impact – as well as the level of our impact – are central to our goals at BTS. Lastly, I want to express a heartfelt thank you for your continued support. It may be cliché to say, but we couldn’t do this without you. When our Annual Benefit was canceled last year our continued operations came into question, our community was there for us and made it clear that as exciting as an event like our Annual Benefit is, it is the mission to impact our studentathletes that matters the most. With gratitude,
Brendan Buckley Executive Director
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of New York City students are considered Economically Disadvantaged by the NYC Department of Education
21% Queens 26% Brooklyn 7%
RACE/ETHNICITY 30.1% African American 77% Boys
Student-Athletes of Color
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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES High School
GEORGE W. WINGATE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR | BROOKLYN
Beat the Streets provided me with endless support despite the circumstances we were faced with. Coaches always made themselves available to talk and assist in any way that they could.
M.S. 582 8TH GRADE | BROOKLYN
Beat the Streets impacted my life by teaching me life skills that have helped me become a stronger athlete—both mentally and physically. BTS has also given me opportunities to wrestle at tournaments and camps, which has helped my technique a lot .
CORNERSTONE ACADEMY ALUMNI | STATEN ISLAND
I firmly believe writing and sharing goals within our team and within our Beat the Streets family played a huge part into the successful season we had.
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HOMETOWN HEROES RUNNER-UP
In August 2020, FloWrestling and ASICS teamed up to search nationwide for coaches who have greatly impacted their athletes and communities. Stephen Perez, Beat the Streets alumni and head coach at Grand Street Campus High School, was nominated for his work in developing a successful program with multiple city champions and state placers. He also runs a program at Grand Street where freshmen are matched with seniors to receive mentorship and academic help. Perez was voted in as a finalist and won second place in the competition. He was awarded $5,000.
STEPHEN PEREZ GRAND STREET CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL COACH | BROOKLYN
Beat the Streets provides a network for young people to build relationships and learn lifelong skills on and off the mat. They are a part of the BTS family for life.
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2019 was the inaugural year of the Beat the Streets Academy Program. The Academy, which aims to prepare students for success both on and off the mat, provides student-athletes with resources such as SAT prep, one-on-one tutoring, and Training Center practices, as well as community events such as forums, movie nights, and career days.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING Beat the Streets measures the SEL growth of its student-athletes and has seen vast improvement in several core competencies.
Total graduation rate & entrance to college/military
Transition to collegiate athletics
Students reported increase in at least one SEL category
BY THE NUMBERS
10,000 $$$ Awarded in Scholarships
5,000 Hours of Participation
Hours of Volunteerism
Hours of SAT Prep & Tutoring
College Campus Visits
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THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
The Junior League is the only middle school wrestling league in New York City. In partnership with New York City’s Department of Education, Beat the Streets provides afterschool programming in the form of weekly practice and competition opportunities focused on teaching the basics of wrestling in a safe and fun environment. The League currently serves 650 youth student-athletes.
MEET SULAYMAN BAH
ulayman Bah, former student at the M.S. 129 middle school in the Bronx, graduated from the Junior League in fall 2019 and earned a full scholarship to The Kiski School, an elite all-boys boarding school outside Pittsburgh. Since joining the Junior League in 2015, Bah has been dedicated in his pursuit of success. In addition to attending weekly Training Center practices, he also took advantage of one-on-one technique sessions with Beat the Streets coaches. In the academic realm, Bah even attended extra tutoring sessions at school on Saturdays. During his last middle school season, Bah took home first place at the New York Youth State Championship and sixth place at the prestigious NHSCA National Championship in Virginia Beach. “Beat the Streets helped bring out the best in me,” Bah said. “With the support system they built for me, my goal is to be the best student at school and go on to an Ivy League Division I college. 2020 ANNUAL REPORT 10
OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
MILLION MINUTES CHALLENGE
A nationwide challenge launched in March 2020 by all 12 Beat the Streets cities to reach 1,000,000 minutes of self-improvement.
EMMA RANDALL’S TAKE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
270,000 MINUTES contributed by NYC participants
“The calls to the kids were the hardest — kids who had to work full-time or kids who lost family. We needed to come up with an accessible way to keep our kids engaged and ready for whenever we could come back.”
including workouts, Ted Talks, & journaling
25 LIVE EVENTS
hosted on Instagram, Facebook, & Zoom
of Olympic, World, & NCAA pedigree
3,1 9 8
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ON-THE-MAT SUCCESS In early 2020, Beat the Streets set a new competition record with eight PSAL boys (four of them being Academy members) placing at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state tournament. At the New York Girls Folkstyle State Invitational, the unofficial girl’s state tournament, 13 PSAL student-athletes (8 of them being Academy members) placed in the top three.
8 PSAL State Medalists
Academy State Medalists
18 PSAL Top-3 Medalists
Academy Top-3 Medalists
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THE VIRTUAL BENEFIT After being postponed from the spring, the 2020 Beat the Streets Annual Benefit ran on September 17 as a two-part Virtual Benefit event, featuring a Telethon and live wrestling matches. With the theme of this year’s fundraiser being resilience, the Virtual Benefit was ultimately a celebration of both the history and forward progression of the organization. The Virtual Benefit raised just over $500,000.
TELETHON SPEAKERS Sally Roberts Roberts Sally J’den Cox J’den Cox Jordan Burroughs Burroughs Jordan Kevin Jackson Jackson Kevin Helen Maroulis Maroulis Helen Ben Askren Askren Ben Henry Cejudo Cejudo Henry Justin Gaethje Gaethje Justin
MATCHES V. Khinchegashvili
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COST OF THE ACADEMY
Camps, Clinics, & College Visits
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PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
The work of Beat the Streets would not be possible without the generosity of our foundational, corporate, and individual donors who support our mission to inspire the New York City youth through wrestling. Listed below are the names of those who gave during the fiscal year of Sep. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.
Mike and Sukey Novogratz FloSports Anonymous
$25,000 - $49,999 Richard Tavoso RBC Foundation Creative Frank And Melissa Ryan
$10,000 - $24,999
John Ripley James and Amy Bennett Daniel Hyman UPS Christopher Lindsey Gary Sagui Consuelos Family John Moon The Patrina Foundation
Alex Blavatnik NetApp Fund
$5,000 - $9,999
Cliff Keen Athletic Steve Cina Shawn and Suzanne Rubin John Stephenson UPS Foundation Peter Costas RBC Capital Markets, LLC Eric Eisner
$2,000 - $4,999
Scott Smith Denis Ryan Henry E. Niles Foundation Inc. Sara Hinzman William Baldwin Alberto Ebanks
Amerigroup Beat the Streets National Cliff Keen Columbia University Duane Morris LLP Edge Wrestling FloSports Heisman Trophy Trust, NYCT Henry E. Niles Foundation Ironstate Development Madison Square Garden New York City Department of Education National Wrestling Coaches Association
Dave and Kyra Tirana Barry Richard Gilston Andrew Nipon Nancy Easton PIMCO Creighton Kang Andrew Dewitt David Heidecorn Mitchell Regenstreif John Collins David and Denise Chase
Anthony Rinella Daniel Scherer Emilio Collins Kevin Collins Hoomanities Inc. Paypal Giving Fund Kelly Jacoutot
Chris Henrich Ross Sullivan David Rios Jeff Seidler Jude Arena Brian Avello Michael Piccirillo Michael Child Tyler Mixon Gregg Gottsegen Andrew Ferrer Sam Goldfeder Emma Zingone David Blitzer Kerry Chandler Steven Rosner David J. Stern Adam Silver Luis Ruelas Todd Garris Lee DeLorenzo Seth Thomas
New York Athletic Club New York City Regional Training Center Nike Community Impact Fund Public Schools Athletic League RBC Capital Markets Resilite Royal Bank of Canada Foundation The Patrina Foundation United Parcel Service USA Wrestling Varonis Systems, Inc. Vita Sports Partners Women’s Sports Foundation Youth Inc.
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Donated Goods and Services
Program Service Fees
Management and General
Change in Net Assets
Beginning Net Assets
Support and Revenue Contributions and Grants
Special Events (Net) Other Income Total Support and Revenue Expenses Program Services Support Services:
Ending Net Assets
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