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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It hopes to become one of the more impactful grassroots programs in the city, to this point they're off to a good start. Wrestling to Beat the Streets is a program aimed to introduce at-risk youth to the sport, giving them an athletic outlet they might not normally have.

This summer, Wrestling to Beat the Streets D.C. will run its program on the campus of American University in the wrestling room at Bender Arena from July 15th to August 9th. Practices are open to any student who attends school in D.C. and is 6-18 years old.

Student-athletes are encouraged to wear clean athletic shorts, shirts and socks to practice. Wrestling shoes are optional. Practices are planned to teach students the basic drills and skills for the sport of wrestling while taking part in a fun and energetic practice!

The program is free of charge but registration forms are necessary. Click on the following link to download the registration form: http://bit.ly/UkYiKs

Earlier this year, WUSA9 Sports detailed the impact of the sport of wrestling on one of American University's most decorated wrestlers, Jake Scott. See his compelling journey in this linked story: http://on.wusa9.com/1jULntd

If you have questions, please contact Bob Brams at rbrams@gmail.com or Max Meltzer atMjmeltzer@gmail.com.

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