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MT ZION HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

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Greetings! My name is Brandon Warren and I am a 5th year wrestling coach at Mt Zion High School in Clayton County Georgia. I am looking to improve our team through deepened culture, exposure and leadership this season. In predominately-black school districts, sports like football, boys and girls basketball and track and field seem to reign supreme. However, in our small community, wrestling has given our male and female athletes an athletic alternative that keeps them in shape and remain focused, while being a part of a team that they can call family. Due to our program being located in a low-income community, we struggle to raise necessary funds to propel our program into the next phases. Simple needs such as uniforms, medical kits, training equipment and entry fees to competitive tournaments cost money that most parents just do not have to shell out. Our school booster clubs are always maxed out when it comes time for wrestling season. However, we will not become a sports team that turns away potential or interest when it comes to our students. Wrestling is the sport willing to wash cars, sell candy and fend for ourselves with whatever funds we draw in from the two or three parents who actually can afford to pay dues. Even through these efforts, we come up short in funding much of the time. With your help, we would be able to offer the open opportunity to not only become a part of a great team, but to have the chance to find a new talent and possibly even receive college scholarships from participation. The first year that I encountered the MZHS Wrestling Team, I was not a hired coach, but simply a parent volunteer with many years of wrestling experience. My daughter, a year round athlete herself, asked me to offer my experience to one of the only struggling teams in the school. With only seven students, the wrestling team could use some motivation, direction, and a little love. Due to the season overlapping with the ever-popular basketball team’s season, wrestling did not draw much attention or much of a crowd. However, there was some real raw talent present on the team that could easily be developed. With the permission of the athletic director, I came to a few practices, showed students a couple of moves and was asked to stick around for the rest of the season. That year, a sophomore baseball player who joined us originally for conditioning purposes only had his best season ever on the diamond and even showed tremendous promise as a wrestler. He attributed this success to the great conditioning program we house in the wrestling program. The next year, two freshman lost over 100 lbs. between the two of them. Another student, with anxiety troubles, found a social outlet and a home in the wrestling room. After three years in our wrestling program, this student signed a wrestling scholarship to St. Andrews College. In the past four years, we are a team that has produced three state qualifiers, two very competitive female wrestlers, and improved the skill level of four football players. Our wrestling team is a home for those who otherwise may never have ventured into trying a sport. We want to continue to keep that something special option open and make it available to any willing student athlete for this season and many more to come. We want to expand our program to go further than our makeshift wrestling room in the dancer’s studio. We want to build a brand that allows exposure to new arenas, different tournament areas, and the opportunity to succeed not only within our small school district, but into college competition as well. This season I hope to finally roster an entire varsity and junior varsity. Our student success has been contagious lately and we have drawn in more interest, but still not enough finances. This year we are asking for help with any sponsorships and/or donations that may be available in order to host a tournament that would draw in entry fees and spectators, thus generating the much-needed income for our program to succeed. We have a real love for this sport and I am hoping to open the eyes of many kids through coaching. We want to offer students the chance to learn how to train, become responsible for their own work ethic, learn from the dieting plan we teach, and have that feeling of personal confidence you learn when you step onto the mat, and be able to use that in other areas of life. We thank you very much for your time and consideration and hope to see you in our crowds soon. With our most sincere gratitude, we thank you! Brandon L. Warren Mt. Zion Wrestling Mt. Zion High school 2535 Mt.Zion Pkwy Jonesboro, Ga. 30236

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