Boston Youth Wrestling will host its first-ever fund-raiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Filippo Ristorante in the North End.
All ticket sales will benefit Boston Youth Wrestling, a program founded by Jose Valenzuela dedicated to supporting youth development across the city while expanding wrestling throughout BPS schools.
“The Sept. 6 event gives us a chance to celebrate a new school year, and thank the people who have been supporters of our program,” Valenzuela said. “And we’re raising money to support some of the programs we want to bring to the city this year.”
So far this year, the program has raised 20 percent of its fund-raising goal and has secured four wrestling mats for four new teams.
The program's past work includes direct support of BPS middle and high school wrestling teams, offseason clinics, a Roxbury/Mission Hill training facility for year-round training, and even scholarships for wrestlers entering college.
This summer, Boston Youth Wrestling had wrestlers from 19 schools practicing in its training facility, and was able to send 15 to compete in the Bay State Games in July. Out of the 15, four placed in the top four of their weight class.
“I think the big thing for us is to get as much community support as possible,” Valenzuela said. “What that means is to get the teachers and parents to believe in what we are doing. And then obviously to get the student wrestlers to believe in the program and what it brings to their lives.”
Food will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar and a raffle with various prizes. Tickets are $50 and can be bought here.
To learn more about Boston Youth Wrestling click here.
Globe correspondent Dennis Membah contributed to this story.
Ryan M. Butler covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @butler_globe or @BPSspts.
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