Raymond Barczak, Jesse Jantzen To Replace Longtime Board of Trustees President Barry, Chairman Mike Novogratz
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Beat the Streets (BTS) today announced its major award winners in conjunction with Thursday’s Annual Benefit and Gala, as Eric Goldstein, NYC Chief Executive of the Office of School Support Services and member of the BTS Leadership Council, and Kyra Barry, Team Leader for the 2016 US Women's Wrestling Olympic Team and longtime BTS Board of Trustees President, have been named the organization’s Man and Woman of the Year, respectively. They will be honored at Thursday’s Beat the Streets Benefit and Gala, set for Pier 17/Seaport District NYC.
Beat the Streets is also pleased to announce that it will be presenting its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to professional wrestling & sports entertainment icon, Ric Flair.
In addition, the BTS Board of Trustees will have a different look moving forward, as Raymond Barczak will assume the role of Chairman of the Board and Jesse Jantzen will serve as Vice Chair, replacing outgoing Chair Mike Novogratz and President Barry.
In his NYC Department of Education role as CEO, Goldstein manages busing and food services for over one million children in New York City. He is a graduate of Jamaica High School (Queens), Cornell University (Arts and Sciences) and Oxford University (St. Antony's College). Goldstein is married and has two young children.
Barry is Chair of the Columbia College Alumni Association and a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors. She is President of the Board of Beat the Streets, a member of the US Soccer Foundation's NY Leadership Council and on The Play Company Board. She received her BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University’s Columbia College in 1987 as a member of the first fully co-ed class. Barry spent over a decade in public transportation policy and government relations at the US Congress, NYC Mayor’s Office, NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and NJ Department of Transportation. She has served on the boards of numerous other youth organizations, leading several major fundraising efforts. Kyra and her husband David have three children, Olivia, Jake and Charley.
“Beat the Streets has a lot to be proud of and so should Mike, Eric and Kyra,” said Brendan Buckley, BTS Executive Director. “BTS and the PSAL have had outstanding leadership and together they literally revolutionized the landscape and culture for the sport of wrestling in the Big Apple.
“Furthermore, as we transition the leadership of the board of directors, we are moving from a founding board to a governing board,” he added. “We hit a grand slam in terms of growing many wrestlers and programs in the city. We are now focused on quality and providing a life-long impact on everyone that steps on a wrestling mat in New York City. This is an exciting time for both of our organizations. I’m excited to work with Ray and Jesse as well as identify new members to join our Board.”
“It has been an honor to be part of Beat the Streets and this truly special team over the past 13 years, said Novogratz. “Kyra’s outstanding leadership as board president has been critical to building BTS from a program in a single school to a top tier, city-wide and now nationwide, nonprofit. Eric and the PSAL’s partnership have played an essential role in expanding BTS’s reach and changing the lives of the thousands of students we serve annually. I can’t think of two individuals who deserve the Man and Woman of the Year awards more. Finally, I couldn’t be more excited to have the one, the only, ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair as our guest of honor.”
As the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Flair will be mat side Thursday as the Honorary Coach of Team USA in matchups vs. Cuba (men) and Nigeria (women). Arguably the greatest professional wrestler of all time, “The Nature Boy” has enjoyed a legendary career that has spanned four decades and earned him over 20 world championships as recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI). He is the only two-time inductee in WWE Hall of Fame history, being enshrined for his individual wrestling career in 2008 and in 2012 for his time as a member of The Four Horsemen. A longtime supporter of high school and collegiate wrestling, Flair began his athletic career as a three-sport athlete (wrestling, football, track) and multi-time wrestling state champion at Wayland Academy in Wisconsin. Three of Flair’s children – Ashley, David and Reid – followed in his footsteps and enjoyed success in professional wrestling. Ashley is an active WWE competitor, wrestling under the name Charlotte, David spent time during his career with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Reid was a decorated scholastic wrestler at Blair Academy in New Jersey who also spent time in WCW and other pro circuits.
Dubbed the “Rumble on the River,” the Beat the Streets Benefit is its annual fundraiser that helps provide wrestling equipment and opportunities to 3,000 kids across the five boroughs every year. A total of 15 youth match-ups will be held starting at 2:30 p.m., prior to the NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships at 4 p.m. and world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA, Team Cuba and Team Nigeria beginning at 6.
Olympic and World medalists headline the United States men’s and women’s lineups. The U.S. men’s roster includes 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist J’den Cox, two-time World bronze medalist James Green, 2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski, four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake and three-time NCAA qualifier Josh Rodriguez. The U.S. women include 2016 Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis, U23 World Team Member Megan Black and U.S. World Team member Tamyra Mensah-Stock.
Two other U.S. men’s freestyle stars will compete in Super Matches against opponents who are not from Cuba. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs will battle two-time World champion and Olympic medalist Frank Chamizo of Italy, and American standout Jordan Oliver challenges two-time Olympic Medalist Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan.
This year will mark the first time that Beat the Streets has held its annual event at Pier 17/Seaport District NYC. In 2013, the event dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” was hosted in historic Grand Central Terminal and featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran. Playing an important role in the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, this historic wrestling event gained international media coverage and helped wrestling retain its status on the Olympic Games program.
Coverage will be available live and on-demand exclusively on FloWrestling.com. To access live and on-demand coverage of the Beat the Streets New York City Annual Benefit, visit FloWrestling.com and become a PRO subscriber. A subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network, as well as the matches from the Beat the Streets program starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on May 17. Watch the event across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku or Apple TV 4.
This will be the ninth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Benefit activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan. Times Square has been the venue for the 2011, 2012 and 2014-2017 events.
Tickets as low as $25 are required for entry and can be purchased by visiting www.btsny.org, calling 212-777-5702 or emailing Joe DelConte at jdelcontebtsny.org.
The Benefit Celebration at Pier 17 will follow the wrestling competition. This unique and electrifying annual event helps Beat the Streets raise significant funds to further its mission. Whether it’s providing a safe, constructive outlet for our urban youth, fighting childhood obesity, empowering women, or uniting entire nations, wrestling teaches persistence, dedication, and the value of working hard to achieve one’s goals and creates opportunities for personal and universal growth. BTS currently serve over 3,000 student-athletes every year.
2018 Beat the Streets Benefit, “Rumble on the River”
Seaport District NYC/Pier 17, New York City, May 17, 2018
USA Men’s Freestyle Roster to face Cuba
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Josh Rodriguez, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
70 kg/154 lbs – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
79 kg/174 lbs. – Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC)
92 kg/189 lbs. – J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)
2:30 p.m. – Beat the Streets Youth Exhibition Matches
4 p.m. – New York City Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Championships Finals
6:00 p.m. – World Class Wrestling to include:
• Team USA vs. Nigeria in women’s freestyle
57 kg - Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria)
59 kg – Megan Black (USA) vs. Adeniyi Aminat (Nigeria)
68 kg - Tamyra Stock (USA) vs. Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria)
• Team USA vs. Cuba in men’s freestyle
57 kg – Josh Rodriguez (USA) vs. Reineri Andreeu Ortega (Cuba)
70 kg – James Green (USA) vs. Franklin Maren Castillo (Cuba)
79 kg – Kyle Dake (USA) vs. Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba)
92 kg – J’den Cox (USA) vs. Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta (Cuba)
97 kg – Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba)
125 kg– Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) vs. Yudenny Alapajon Estevez (Cuba)
• High School Super Match, Patrick Glory vs. Gavin Teasdale (time TBD)
• Super Match 1 – Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Frank Chamizo (ITA)
• Super Match 2 – Jordan Oliver (USA) vs. Toghrul Asgarov (AZE) (time TBD)
Followed by Annual Benefit Celebration, Pier 17
About Beat the Streets
The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTS works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to bring the life changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 New York City student-athletes to help them achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of grit, personal responsibility and teamwork, physical fitness and nutrition, and life-long learning. The goal of fostering strong, well-rounded student-athletes is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, life skills workshops, and summer camps. More information can be found at www.btsny.org.
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. It has over 220,000 members across the nation, boys and girls, men and women of all ages, representing all levels of the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender. More information can be found at TheMat.com.