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Beat the Streets to hold four-day Winter Intensive camp with nearly 200 middle and high school student-athletes expected to participate

NEW YORK, New York (November 10, 2010) – Beat the Streets Wrestling (BTS) announced today that they will be holding an extensive series of clinics December 27th-30th, 2010. The featured guest is 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, Jeff Blatnick.

There will be three sessions per day for four days, with all activity taking place at the Manhattan Training Center at 145 Thompson St, New York, NY. Other guest clinicians include Royce Alger, Greg Strobel, Mike Clayton, and Damion Logan. All questions regarding the camp should be directed to the Beat the Streets office at (212) 777-5702.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our student-athletes to work with and learn from some of the best wrestlers in US history,” said BTS Executive Director, Brian Giffin. “It’s not every day an Olympic Champion or multiple time national champion walks through the door – and they are all really great coaches, as well. We’re thrilled to have all of our guest clinicians for this unique camp.”

There will be four days of intense instruction and training, with three sessions per day – 9 AM, 11:30 AM, and 2:30 PM. Participants will attend all four days at their allotted session time. Each session will be open to the first 60 wrestlers who register online at www.gimpsoftware.com and the cost is $10 per wrestler. Registration opens December 13th and will close as each session reaches capacity.

The clinician schedule is as follows:

· Dec. 27th – Jeff Blatnick

· Dec. 28th – Mike Clayton & Damion Logan

· Dec. 29th – Royce Alger

· Dec. 30th – Greg Strobel

Jeff Blatnick was the 1984 Greco-Roman Olympic Champion. He was also a 2x NCAA Division II National Champion at Springfield College. Blatnick has served as a television analyst for numerous Olympic games and has had a successful career as a public speaker.

Royce Alger was a 2x NCAA National Champion and 3x Big Ten Champion at the University of Iowa. He was twice named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. Alger was a two-time freestyle World Cup champion and silver medalist at the World Championships. He won three U.S. Open titles and was a two-time Pan American Champion. He also served stints as an assistant coach for the University of Iowa and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team.

Greg Strobel was a 2x NCAA National Champion and 3x PAC 8 Champion at Oregon State University. He is currently the Assistant Athletics Director at Lehigh University and was the head wrestling coach from 1994-2008. He also served as an Olympic coach in 1996 and 2000. Strobel was named United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 1998 and the 2009 USA Wrestling Man of the Year.

Mike Clayton was a four-year letter winner and NCAA qualifier at the United States Naval Academy. He is currently the head wrestling coach at the Stevens Institute of Technology and has served in that position since 2007. He was named 2008 NWCA Division III Coach of the Year and the 2009 Centennial Conference Coach of the Year. Prior to his time at Stevens, Clayton was an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy and the head coach at Newport News Apprentice School.

Damion Logan was a 2x All-American at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as the head assistant coach at the Stevens Institute of Technology, having previously served in the same position at the University of Pennsylvania.

Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. works with middle and high schools in the five boroughs of New York City to provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of personal responsibility, physical fitness, education, and teamwork. The goal of fostering strong, dedicated, and optimistic kids is delivered through tutoring, after-school programs, mentoring, and coaching. BTS has collaborated with almost two dozen world and Olympic champions in camps, lectures, and fundraising events over the past few years. BTS partners with the Mayor's office, the Public School Athletic League, and a number of other organizations to carry out their mission. More information can be found at www.beat-the-streets.org.

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