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“I firmly believe that the purest pursuit in all of sport is a wrestler 
trying to win a medal for their country”

Rich Bender, Executive Director, USA Wrestling


Champions In Life

The Campaign to Grow Wrestling

Wrestling instills the values of courage, hard work, discipline, perseverance and humility.

It forges character that lasts a lifetime. The lessons learned through wrestling prepare our youth for success later in life, as evidenced by the long history of former wrestlers who are leaders in business, government, the military, and as strong family members and role models in their communities.

Help us grow the sport that turns young men and women into champions in life. That’s why we’re here. To give back to the sport that gave to us. We rallied to save the Olympics - now is the time to grow wrestling in the USA.


USA Wrestling and the U.S. Wrestling Foundation

Our mission is to grow wrestling at all levels and to revitalize the sport to reach the next generation of Americans and for generations to come

USA Wrestling formed the U.S. Wrestling Foundation to build a coalition across the different entities in wrestling and bring together the sport’s leaders, our business elite and the wrestling greats. Together, we are working to create programs and raise funds to grow wrestling for the next generation.

To grow wrestling, we plan to raise $12 million and promote awareness of the lifelong benefits of wrestling.