Henry Williams is currently a freshman at Drexel University. He was a member of Mariana Bracetti Academy’s wrestling team for three years and a participant of BTSP’s mentoring program for two of those years. Henry exemplifies everything BTSP aims to instill in our student-athletes, having overcome numerous personal and academic obstacles with the aide of the coaches and mentors that have provided him with guidance and support along his journey. Not only did he excel on the mat, where he was a regional qualifier, he also shined in the classroom, graduating with the second highest G.P.A. in his class.
Henry took full advantage of the resources that BTSP’s mentoring center has to offer, working diligently to improve his standardized test scores and, with the help of his mentors, applying to almost a dozen colleges. Henry proudly landed at Drexel University, earning their prestigious Liberty Scholarship, which was established to benefit highly qualified minority students living in poverty in Philadelphia, especially those that are likely to give back to the community upon graduation. Henry, however, has no plans on waiting until graduation to start giving back. He says, “I look forward to volunteering my time to Beat the Streets while going to Drexel, because I know how much it meant to me.” When asked to elaborate just what it meant to him, Henry replies simply: “Wrestling is family.” Former participants like Henry, who give back in this tremendous way, are crucial as Beat the Streets continues to grow. Fortunately, by virtue of everyone’s hard work over the years, there are more success stories like Henry’s.