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Beat the Streets Wrestling

Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling announced  that the men’s and women’s national wrestling teams of the United States and Japan will square off in New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 17 in the seventh annual wrestling celebration. This year’s event will take place in Times Square’s Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th streets). Competitors for Team USA, which will include members of the 2016 Olympic team as well as other elite stars, and their Japanese opponents will be announced in the coming weeks.

In 2013, the event dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” was hosted in historic Grand Central Terminal and featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran. Playing an important role in the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, this historic wrestling event gained international media coverage and helped wrestling retain its status on the Olympic Games program.

The world-class competition has been hosted in Times Square five previous times. In 2011, the United States defeated World Champion Russia, 5-2, the first sports event ever held in historic Times Square. In 2012, another U.S. vs. Russia dual meet was held in Times Square, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle. In 2014, Team USA defeated a World All-Star Team in Times Square, 8-3. In 2015, “Salsa in the Square” featured a meeting between Team USA and Team Cuba in the three Olympic styles, held shortly after the historic change in USA and Cuban political relations. Last year the US met Iran in a dual meet in Times Square as a preview to the 2016 Olympic Games.

This will be the eighth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Benefit activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan.

Top Beat the Streets youth wrestlers will take the mat showcasing their skills in exhibition matches beginning at 3:00 p.m. to kick off the NYC Benefit. For the second straight year, the Benefit will feature the PSAL Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Championships finals, showcasing the two top New York City girl’s freestyle wrestling high school teams from the spring girl’s freestyle season. Then it’s Team USA vs. Japan at 6:00 p.m. with video highlights and special guest appearances followed by the Beat the Streets Benefit Celebration.

Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased at or 212.245.6570 or by emailing Standing room available for non-ticket holders on first come first serve basis. A ticket is required for the Benefit Celebration at the Marriott Marquis. More details are available at

The Benefit Celebration will follow the wrestling competition. This unique and electrifying annual event helps Beat the Streets (BTS) raise significant funds to further its mission. Whether it’s providing a safe, constructive outlet for our urban youth, fighting childhood obesity, empowering women, or uniting entire nations, wrestling teaches persistence, dedication, and the value of working hard to achieve one’s goals and creates opportunities for personal and universal growth. BTS currently serve over 3,000 student-athletes every year.

Beat the Streets Wrestling Schedule

In New York City, May 17, 2017

3:00 p.m. — Beat the Streets Youth Exhibition Matches between 46th and 47th Streets

4:45 p.m. — New York City Girl’s Freestyle Dual Meet Championships Finals between 46th and 47th Streets

6:00 p.m. — World Class Wrestling: Team USA vs. Team Japan between 46th and 47th Streets

Followed by Benefit Celebration

The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTS works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to bring the life changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 New York City student-athletes to help them achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of grit, personal responsibility and teamwork, physical fitness and nutrition, and life-long learning. The goal of fostering strong, well-rounded student-athletes is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, life skills workshops, and summer camps. More information can be found at

USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. It has over 220,000 members across the nation, boys and girls, men and women of all ages, representing all levels of the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender. More information can be found at

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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Michael Jordan Selects Montclair NJ’s Vanguard Theater



Passing Strange Amanda Ross Gross spotlights photography
Montclair, NJ’s Vanguard Theater, was hand selected to receive Michael Jordan (Yes, that Michael Jordan) and Jordan Brand’s Community Grant Program, an initiative of its Black Community Commitment (BCC), created in 2020.
Grants were awarded to 48 grassroots, non-profit organizations that are driving action and leading sustainable solutions to improve Black lives in their neighborhoods. Vanguard Theater, with a local connection to the initiative’s four key focus areas of economic justice, education, narrative change, and social justice was the only recipient in New Jersey – and one of only two theater companies

“We believe that these community organizations aren’t just local changemakers, but that they are dreamers, makers of generational bonds, and neighborhood leaders with an authentic understanding of how together they can create transformative change,” –  Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President 

The Vanguard is currently producing the Tony Award-Winning Black American musical, Passing Strange (which closes 3/5). They will invest funds from the grant to support and nurture original and new works that inspire audiences to think critically about existing social and cultural narratives, through their New Works Festival: Illuminating New Voices (running May 19-23).
“This funding will help us immensely in our continued efforts to mentor and amplify marginalized voices in all areas of the theater industry, including: writers, producers, composers, performers, directors, choreographers, and managers.” – Janeece Freeman-Clark
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Swingers Nomad Where Indoor Mini Golf, Food and Fun Are in Abundance



Tucked beneath the streets of New York City, be transported to a world of verdant, undulating crazy golf courses, a 1920s English golf clubhouse, cocktail bars and gourmet street food vendors. Head to 35 West 29th Street and Swingers Nomad. This impressive venue sits across 23,000 square feet with 20-foot-high ceilings and boasts three nine-hole crazy-golf courses, four gourmet street food brands including Sauce Pizzeria, Miznon, Fonda, andMah Ze Dahr Bakery, six cocktail bars, a host of private rooms and an opulent clubhouse in addition to numerous booths and seating areas throughout the venue.

Tickets cost $22 per person during off-peak times (all day Monday and Tuesday-Thursday before 5pm) and $26 per person during peak times (Tuesday – Thursday after 5pm and all day Friday – Sunday) for one round of crazy golf.

You can also purchase food and drink packages starting from $53 per person. Crazy golf isn’t compulsory, you can join us for street food and cocktails with no entry fee.

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5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Basketball Game




Basketball might be a sport with a simple concept behind it, but you need the right skills and equipment to make your mark in a game.

The good news is that there are some quick and relatively easy ways to improve your basketball game. For starters, having the right footwear is very important. You can buy basketball shoes online in Australia, for instance, that will give you the sort of comfort and grip you need to play a great game every time.

Let’s look at some of the quick steps you can take to up your game.

Good ball control is a top priority

One of the most essential basketball skills you need to continue working on and developing is ball control.

The bottom line is that if you have excellent dribbling skills you will have the tools in your locker to become a consistently good basketball player.

A fundamental aspect of good ball-handling control is balance. Practice by working the ball around your body while maintaining a static, but athletic position. As your dribbling skills and overall ball control improves through practice you will be able to shoot and move with greater ease and become a better all-around player.

Get up to speed

Match speed is a different pace from when you are practicing. Work on doing your practice sessions at game speed and you will find that you gain vital seconds on the court that you make count with a killer pass or shot at the hoop.

Get fitter

Practicing and playing a sport like basketball will enable you to get to a certain level of basic fitness. However, if you can work on improving your general physical fitness and core strength it should allow you to become a better basketball player as a result.

Work on your hand alignment

If you want to enjoy a greater level of consistency with your shooting the secret to that success involves improving your hand positioning.

When you achieve the correct hand alignment on the ball it will give you better control through your release. It will also give you a stronger grip and improved spin options.

Aim to always hold the ball with your finger pads and take plenty of practice shots so that you can get used to the centered feel that gives you ultimate control of the ball.

You need solid mechanics

If you watch enough professional basketball games you will soon notice that a common theme is that every great shooter enjoys solid mechanics.

Every good shot that you make is achieved through excellent lower-body mechanics. It is the foundation stone of being a top basketball player.

Start by pointing your toes in the same direction, aligning them with the rim. Once you get the feel of the right positional setup, every other aspect of your body mechanics will start to fall into place.

With the correct foot positioning and lower body alignment, you will start to feel that you have more control and become a more dangerous opponent on the court.

Work on these top tips and you can take your basketball game to a new level.

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