Who I am?
I am a wrestling mom, plain and simple. My wrestler however, is a very special wrestler, he is an 8 year old boy with Down syndrome. The Head Coach of The Academy who coaches his older brother sought us out to get my son on the mat. He was convinced the sport had something to give him, regardless of his disability. The Alliance family welcomed us into their family without thinking twice. Since my son has started wrestling his life has been so much better. He is a true part of the team, has made so many friends, and nonstop talks about wrestling. The sport and the people have changed his life. Wrestling has proven to be an all inclusive sport for my son and many others.
What is The Academy?
The Alliance Wrestling Academy is an elite wrestling program organized around the sound fundamental skills of technique, physical conditioning, personal discipline, and mental edge. The main goal of The Alliance is to train, educate and support our athletes to achieve the next level of excellence.
The mission of The Academy and its all-volunteer staff, is to guide the students to be respectful contributors to society through the values learned in wrestling. With passion and vigor, they promote exercise and competition of the body and mind. Students learn to win with humility, lose with dignity, and always do both with grace. Special coaches promote our vision to enhance and enrich each wrestler’s character through wrestling. All are welcome to share other passion for development regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, and age.
In just its first year of existence, the Academy had an incredible amount of success. Ranked as high as the 21st Elite Club in the nation by Trackwrestling.com the Academy had 3 high school state place finishers, 2 of which were recruited to wrestle in college, won the Girls State Team title, has 2 state champions, sent a wrestler and coach to compete overseas, and positively affected the life of over 50 wrestlers.
Recently, The Academy, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization was forced to leave their current training facility, to make way for a for profit business. This left my son, his friends, and all the students without a place to train and learn. The Academy is looking for a new home and they thought they found one, and then another tragedy struck. The building they lined up to lease before they were evicted was no longer available to lease. Now, they must come up with funds to buy the building out right and continue their mission or they will be forced to close The Academy for good. I cannot stand by and watch this great organization wither away, its has provided so many opportunities for all involved.
Your donation will go towards a down payment on a new permanent home for The Academy, new wrestling mats, wall pads, and safety and training equipment to replace what was forced to be left behind.
Want to know more? Check out the academy Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thealliancewrestlingacademy/ to truly see the effects of the volunteers at The Academy.
- Julie Herring
- Kelly Andre
- Beth Goforth
- Nikki Johnson
- Jayce Woerner
Alliance Wrestling Academy
Donations are 100% tax deductible.