I'm Shaymus MacIntosh from Bridgewater, MA and I'm really excited to tell you about my exciting news! I was recently selected to be part of the Ohio All Star Wrestling Team (OASWT). I know that to you it may not sound like a big deal, but for me its what I've been working towards for what seems like forever. Let me give you a quick rundown on the team.
The OASWT started about 36 years ago and gets together for about 50 days throughout the summer. In the 36 year history there has been only 600 or so athletes that have chosen to represent the team. The team travels together all over the west coast and even goes to Mexico and Canada. During our travels we workout and wrestle nearly every single day while competing against some of the best sixth through ninth graders in the country. We also get do some really cool things that I may otherwise never be able to do, such as, going white water rafting, seeing a show on the Vegas strip, going to a professional baseball game ( other than the Red Sox) and the thing I'm looking most forward to is visiting the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. OASWT unique T shirts have been seen in the movie "Platoon" and have also appeared on episodes of tv shows such as "Moonlighting", "Family Ties" and "Glee". Past teams have been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people, such as, Ronald Reagan, Hanna Barbera co founders who created such cartoons as the Flintstones ( they designed the OASWT mascot), and numerous Olympic and professional athletes. As you can see the OASWT is not just about wrestling, but it is actually a cultural tour.
I bet your wondering how I got such an awesome opportunity? The OASWT takes the application process very seriously and only those individuals that succeed academically and on the wrestling mat are chosen. The selection committee contacts all the references I had to submit with my application, including one of my current teachers. Academically I do fairly well in school and I am pleased to announce that I was just accepted to Tabor Academy, as well as, Thayer Academy, both of which only accept about 30% of their applicants. As a wrestler, well that story is a little longer. I started wrestling when I was about 5 when my dad and "uncle" Brian founded Champions Building Champions. I immediately fell in love with the sport of wrestling! I was very fortunate and had a lot of success at a young age. Some of my most notable achievements have been: 5x Massachusetts State champ, 7x Massachusetts State finalist, 2x New England Finalist, 5x All New England wrestler, 2017 National High School Coaches Association National Champ, and 2016 All American status.
Joining the Ohio All Star Wrestling Team has been a dream of mine since the first time I heard of it when I was in the fourth grade. I am now an 8th grader at Bridgewater Middle School and through many hours of training and studying this dream is now a reality. Of the 600+ kids that have been chosen throughout the years I am only the 24th kid from Massachusetts to be given such a great opportunity to represent my State and community. Each athlete must raise $5,400 to make their dreams come true; can you help? No amount is too small and even if your not able to donate I appreciate you taking time out of your day to have read this far and I would appreciate it if you could share this link. Those that can donate I have good news! Your donation is tax deductible! The OASWT is an affiliate of the AAU and all donations are tax deductible.
Thanks again for taking the time to read my story!
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