WRESTLING BUILDS LEADERSHIP, BUT SO DO HBCUs.
WRESTLERS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO CHOOSE
OVER 100 HBCUs, NOT ONEHAS DIVISION I WRESTLING
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Wrestling Initiative (HBCU W) was launched to restore wrestling to America’s historically black colleges. Of the over 100 historically black colleges and universities in America, not one has a wrestling program. This means that when great black wrestlers come out of high school, they are forced to choose between the opportunity to attend an HBCU and gain further understanding of their history and culture or sacrifice that opportunity in order to pursue their wrestling goals.
EXPANDING THE BLACK COMMUNITY’S FOOTPRINT AND POWER WITHIN THE SPORT.
Over the course of the next 5 years, HBCU W will launch wrestling programs and begin endowments at 6-10 HBCUs with the goal of expanding access to the opportunities created by wrestling for the black community, expanding the black community’s footprint and power within the sport, and investing in the critical institutions that HBCUs represent. Over the next year, HBCU W will raise an initial $16m to launch and build endowments for these programs and further our mission by:
- Creating opportunities for black wrestlers at HBCUs
- Creating opportunities for Black Coaches
- Supporting program with operating budget comparable to top programs and personal support from both the Black Wrestling Association and the National Wrestling Coaches Association /BWA
“Starting Wrestling at HBCUs is a phenomenal opportunity for our young wrestlers growing up. I'm fully behind supporting the idea of starting wrestling programs at HBCUs”
“When I first heard that it's an initiative to bring wrestling to HBCUs I was extremely excited. It will allow young black men and women an opportunity that I didn't have. I may also want to get into coaching one day and it would be extremely interesting in coaching at HBCU”
“When wrestling programs started disappearing from HBCUs, it was such a terrible situation. And now that we are looking to bring it back it’s such a great opportunity for our young boys and girls because they won't have to choose between honoring legacy and culture or the sport that they love.”
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Get involved – meet the athletes, attend matches, connect with the individual programs.
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