USWF seeks Director of Administration
We are in a search for the right person to oversee day-t0-day operations of The Foundation.
The Director of Administration (DOA) will be the first employee of the US Wrestling Foundation. Board members have provided the time on a volunteer basis to get the Foundation up and running, but the Foundation now requires paid staff to advance its mission at an accelerated rate. The Director of Administration, working closely with the Board President and other Board members, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and provide general management of all the Foundation’s activities. (Read more…)
Greatest College Wrestler Tournament – Final Results
Cael Sanderson dec. John Smith
There is this expression “life imitates art.” I am not sure exactly what it means – it is some sort of deep philosophical thought, and I am not that deep of a thinker. But it seems we have a wrestling parallel here that goes something like this: “Real wrestling imitates fantasy wrestling.” Because at the exact same time Cael Sanderson’s Nittany Lions were edging out John Smith’s Cowboys for their third straight NCAA Wrestling championship on Saturday night in Des Moines, Cael was putting the finishing touches on his victory over John Smith in the finals of our Greatest College Wrestler tournament.
And again, just like in real life, Cael never had a close match according to the fan vote in any of his six matches, including over fellow 4xer Pat Smith, Dan Gable, and John Smith. No bunch of slouches there. Cael had slightly over 70% of the fan vote and cruised to victory.
Thanks to everybody who participated in the voting. We had a few purposes in conducting this tournament. First was to have some fun. There is no doubt wrestling fans love to talk about the all-time greats and at the height of “bracket season” it seemed like people would enjoy it. Second was to draw people to the website of the newly formed United States Wrestling Foundation and to acquaint wrestling fans with the organization and its purpose. We had over 7000 votes cast in the tournament, and so we think we made some immediate progress on those goals. We have some ideas for some additional tournaments and we’ll let you know when the time comes.
The third goal was to ask people to join The Silent Army and become members of the US Wrestling Foundation. We stated that we would pool the money and work with the National Wrestling Coaches Association to help provide seed capital to start some new college wrestling programs at the DII, DIII, and NAIA levels. We had a substantial number of people who took a leap of faith and made a pledge. (Thanks to those that did and we will now order T-shirts and send them on to you.) So now we can report to you the first step that resulted from that support.
Last Friday the Foundation had its first full Board meeting. In attendance were 17 board members, including Bruce Baumgartner, Bill Scherr, Kerry McCoy, Stan Dziedzic, Zeke Jones, and Leeroy Smith. The Foundation Board approved two grants. The first was to fund a trip to a tournament in Bulgaria for our developmental athletes, accompanied by Coach Bill Zadick. And the second was to take the money pledged by the public who responded to our call and supplement it with the resources being provided directly by our generous Board members, which includes a notable roster of business leaders who are supporting wrestling at a high level.
The NWCA now has a pledge from us and will be using these funds to work with some colleges to give them the resources they need to begin programs. We hope to have some good news to share some time soon.
United States Wrestling Foundation
The Silent Army. It’s the millions of men and women in America who have wrestled. Many are still involved in the sport. Some have drifted away. But for all of us, our experience in wrestling has a powerful emotional pull. That is because whether you were an Olympic Champion or just an average high school wrestler, you know that wrestling was one of the toughest things you ever did. And you feel pride in having been a wrestler.
The United States Wrestling Foundation is a new organization whose leadership is comprised of some of wrestling’s greatest competitors as well as prominent business people who are significant supporters of our sport. We are dedicated to the goal of making the USA Wrestling Team (Freestyle, Women and Greco-Roman) the best in the world. We will also be supporting the growth of amateur wrestling through support of other wrestling organizations. (See the Our Leadership and Mission Statement tabs above for more information.)
Our Call to Action to Keep Wrestling in the Olympics
The US Wrestling Foundation joins in solidarity with wrestlers and wrestling fans in the United States and all over the world to express our outrage over the decision by the IOC to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics starting in 2020. We urge supporters to support the movement to reverse this decision in several ways.
- The first is to donate directly to USA Wrestling.
- Sign the White House petition to put pressure on the IOC to overturn their decision to drop wrestling.
- Sign the Change.org petition to save Olympic wrestling.
Join the Silent Army
- Join the United States Wrestling Foundation for a minimum of $35.
- Click here to make your donation that will go directly towards starting a new college wrestling program (DII, DIII or NAIA).
- You will receive a USWF T-Shirt (Contact Us to indicate your size) and participate in a conference call with National Team Coach Zeke Jones to preview the World Championships.