The purpose of the USA Wrestling for Peace (USAW4P) program is to promote wrestling as a positive force in local, national and global communities. The sport of wrestling can cultivate stronger international ties which in turn can enhance the future of wrestling as an Olympic sport. We must act with meaning and purpose in the global public sphere, as well as engaging influential decision-makers who can enhance relations.
To foster international relations and strengthen cultural understandings through wrestling.
Connecting the world through wrestling.
USA Wrestling Launches 'USA Wrestling for Peace' World Tour to Distribute $50M in Medical Aid
Colorado Springs, CO – Mar. 13, 2018 – USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport in the United States announced today the launch of the USA Wrestling for Peace ‘World Impact Tour’. The program offers support and humanitarian aid to struggling communities around the globe.
The World Impact Tour will visit 13 countries, including the USA, Algeria, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Croatia, Serbia, Kenya, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uganda, and Zambia.
Rich Bender, the Executive Director of USA Wrestling said “Wrestling is a global sport that transcends borders and cultures. Team USA has tremendous access and friendships wherever we go. We want to do our part to help them overcome their challenges and bridge the gap between cultures.”
Each country has a unique culture and specific needs. To meet the demand, USA Wrestling is partnered with CitiHope Relief and Development to provide medical and humanitarian aid and the U.S. Wrestling Foundation to maximize support and coordination. See http://uswrestlingfoundation.org/world-impact-tour.html for more information.
CitiHope has delivered over $1.2B in humanitarian aid since their formation in 1995. They have designated $50M in medical aid to support this program. “USA Wrestling is a perfect fit for us,” said Paul Moore, CEO of CitiHope. “We want to bring more attention and support to the struggles that people are going through and wrestlers are known for taking on tough challenges.”
Jeff Waters, the Chairman for the U.S. Wrestling Foundation said “This is our DNA. Everyone wrestles. It is the human condition. The USA Wrestling for Peace program embraces this universal struggle to help communities in need.” USWF will coordinate trips and partnerships to support activities and aid distribution.
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States as the representative to the United States Olympic Committee and coordinator of amateur wrestling programs.
USA Wrestling has more than 226,000 members. These members include athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans. Each year, USA Wrestling charters over 4,500 wrestling clubs and sanctions over 2,100 local, state, regional and national competitions. Website: USAWrestling.org
About CitiHope Relief and Development
Based in New York, CitiHope Relief and Development has delivered over $1.2 billion in food, medicine, and medical supplies around the world over their 25-year history.
About U.S. Wrestling Foundation
USWF coordinates and funds growth opportunities for wrestling at all levels.
Gary Abbott, 719-598-8181, gabbott@USAWrestling.org
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Photo: Two-time Olympian Ben Provisor, World Team member Pat Smith and Armed Forces silver medalist John Stefanowicz visit with kids at City Light.
CitiHope, a USA Wrestling for Peace partner has pledged $1M in medical support to the Mully Children's Family. Pictured are John Bardis (Producer for the 'Mully Movie'), Charles Mulli (Founder, Mully Children's Family), and Rich Bender, Executive Director for USA Wrestling
Congo - Help abused women from worn-torn areas to learn self-defense and provide medical aid at the Panzi Hospital.
Croatia/Serbia - Support a Paralympic program for adaptive sport athletes and medical aid with wrestlers and MMA fighters.
Dominican Republic - Deliver 600K lbs. of food and medical aid through the San Una Nacion.
Kenya - Provide Mull Children's Family with medical aid and develop youth through wrestling.
Mexico - Team USA's Greco-Roman team visit to build a home for a needy family with Hope Sports. Watch the video
Puerto Rico - Rebuild homes by hurricane Maria with wrestlers and coaches.
Rwanda - Develop low-income housing project to empower local residents as home owners.
Uganda - Participate in mobile medical clinics to aid remote communities.
Zambia - Work with CitiHope and Project C.U.R.E. in support of the First Lady of Zambia provide medical aid.
Rockport, TX (Jan 2018) - USA Wrestling For Peace Ambassador Dan Russell teamed with the US Wrestling Foundation and CitiHope to help build a families home lost in Hurricane Harvey. World Silver Medalist James Green was also a key contributor to the effort. Watch the video
Boise, ID (Feb 2018) - USA Wrestling's Greco-Roman team partnered with Camp Rainbow Gold to support adaptive sports for children who are in various stages of battling cancer. Members of the Greco-Roman team also visited City Light, an organization which supports women and children who are homeless, suffer from drug addiction, or are victims of domestic violence. Watch the video Read the article