At the start of this academic year Beat the Streets Philadelphia established a youth league for the programs that our organization sponsors in the city of Philadelphia. The development of a league for our wrestlers is a critical step in providing every opportunity possible for our student-athletes to develop the skills needed to succeed on the mat. We have 9 programs participating in the league this year and we have successfully completed 3 weekends of competition at several sites throughout the city. The University of Pennsylvania has been a tremendous partner and has allowed our youth wrestlers to participate in league events in the Palestra prior to their dual meets. In addition to the events in the Palestra our kids have had the opportunity to wrestle in matches at Drexel University and Rider University. This experience in particular provides an excellent opportunity for our kids to not only participate in matches in an amazing venue, but also an opportunity to watch a college match which in turn provides them with motivation to continue pushing themselves athletically. Youth teams we sponsor just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, in Gloucester City and Camden, are also well under way with their league competition as part of the Grapevine Youth Wrestling League. Many of their wrestlers continue to develop and although there are no team scores during their bouts they are definitely showing marked improvement on the mat. The Beat the Streets Philadelphia Youth Wrestling League is the first league that is intended for student-athletes in the city of Philadelphia and we are excited to see the impact this development will have on our student-athletes. Following the regular season, student-athletes from all of our sponsored youth programs will participate in the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Youth Wrestling Day at George Washington HS on February 19th.