About Beat the Streets Detroit
In 2004 the Beat the Streets Youth Wrestling program began in New York and partnered with New York Public Schools Athletic League. The program model has branched out and is now successful in Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO, and Columbus, OH.
We introduced the program into the city of Detroit in 2009, and implemented the BTS concept of teaching leadership, integrity, health, team work, and respect through non-competitive physical fitness focused on wrestling.
Beat the Streets Detroit has partnered with the City of Detroit Recreation Department, Detroit Public Schools and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods to bring this wonderful and unique opportunity to the young men and women of our city.
The Beat the Streets program develops skills in the following six key areas:
- Mentoring and Leadership
- Community Involvement (Civic engagement)
- Program Development
- Identity and Teamwork
- Financial Development
- Academic Achievement
Beat the Streets Detroit Co-Founder
Mike Rodriguez is a nationally recognized wrestling coach. As a member of the University of Michigan Wrestling Team he won three Big Ten Championships and was a two-time finalist finishing second twice in the NCAA Wresting Championships. He has been an outstanding coach for 51 years at Detroit Catholic Central High School where he won seven State Wrestling Championships and at River Rouge High School where he won one State Wrestling Championship. In 2007 Coach Rodriguez had the honor of being recognized as the coach with the most high school wrestling team wins (732) in the United States.
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