Coming out of Child's Middle School, going to South Philly High, I was looking forward to the all new opportunities I would have. As a freshman I wanted to play a sport that all of my friends could do together. We all decided on wrestling. Preseason was a challenge for my friends. They all quit, but I stuck with it it. Every practice I grew to love wrestling more and more. This was my sport. Regular season was the toughest thing I've ever done. I had some pretty memorable matches. As the season came to an end, I ended up losing my last match. Although I was disappointed, it was still a fun ride. I had so much support from my coaches. They pushed me both mentally and physically to be the best I could. I even got help academically from Beat the Streets mentoring program. There is a wrestler on my team named, Miles Lee. He is a role model to me because of where he is a wrestler and how hard he works. Where he is, I want to be. Next season I'm going to give it my all and make everyone remember my name, Dawud Faruqui. Whatever happens, I'm going to leave it all on the mat.
James Mangan is the Executive Director of Beat the Streets Philadelphia. James comes with a depth of experience from all...Read More »