Our Mission

Founded in 2019, Beat the Streets Bay Area is committed to improving the lives of girls and boys through exposure to the sport of wrestling. Beat the Streets Bay Area seeks to engage each child in a way unique to youth athletics - focusing holistically on the full human and athletic potential of our athletes.

We will provide positive role models and mentorship for participating wrestlers, as well as structural guidance and oversight for partner school districts. We will help our athletes mature into self-confident, responsible, and engaged citizens who are eager to live productive lives and become contributing members of their communities. We will focus on leadership, college readiness, and career pathways in local industry, specifically technology due to proximity.

Theory of Change

Leveraging wrestling, BTS Bay Area aims to empower youth to overcome the challenges they face in life be they socio-economic, educational, health, or relationship based. Teaching skills such as self-discipline, the value of hard work, and working as part of a team, our athletes learn life skills that apply both on and off the mat, allowing them to reach their potential.

“We have offered a variety of after school sports and none of them has made an impact on our students like wrestling. I’ll always remember walking into the wrestling meet at Lakewood for the first time. The excitement was contagious and the determination on the faces of the competitors was unreal. Looking into the eyes of my students, I felt like I was seeing some of them in a new light. I was so impressed with the commitment and dedication the students were being exposed to by being part of the wrestling team. I saw students emerging as leaders as they supported their friends and teammates and I saw the ‘never give up’ attitude in students that I hadn’t seen in the classroom. I have been able to motivate some students by challenging them to approach school the same way they had approached their wrestling match. We are so lucky to have gotten the opportunity to participate in the wrestling program and some students have made a positive shift in learning based on the confidence they gained. I look forward to next year’s wrestling season and hope every student in Sunnyvale has the opportunity to participate.”
— Kevin Davis - Teacher at Lakewood Elementary School

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