Some of the best wrestlers in the country, including Litchfield High School grad Victoria Francis, are facing off to benefit Beat the Streets, a group that aims to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling.
Beat the Streets will host several live wrestling matches as part of its annual fundraising event on Thursday, Sept. 17, which will be broadcast in partnership with FloWrestling.
The matches will feature both men and women wrestlers, on the Senior level as well as age-group levels, including many prominent athletes on the international and national scene.
Francis will face Alexandria Glaude, who won a bronze medal at the 2018 U23 World Championships. A senior national team member since 2018, Glaude was a runner-up in the 2019 Final X and won a WCWA national title for McKendree in 2019 and a NCWWC national title in 2020.
Francis, who was fifth in the Senior World Championships in 2019, was the runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to five-time world champion Adeline Gray. She was also second at the 2019 Senior Nationals, where she defeated Glaude, 3-2, in the semifinals.
Earlier this month, Beat the Streets announced that it would conduct its annual fundraising event as a Virtual Telethon. The live matches will be held outdoors with no fans in an undisclosed location somewhere in the Tri-State area.
The matches will be held with the safety of the participants as the first priority, following state and local health and government restrictions as well as the USA Wrestling Return to Events Guidelines.
Other matches include Vitali Arujau versus Jack Mueller, Gable Steveson versus Trent Hillger, Joe Colon versus Seth Gross, Emily Shilson versus Felicity Taylor, and Yianni Diakomihalis versus Vladimer Khinchegashvili.
As part of its partnership with Beat the Streets this year, FloWrestling will produce both portions of the Beat the Streets fundraiser this year. The Virtual Telethon will be free to view, and include live and recorded content as part of the fundraising celebration. The Virtual Telethon will have a variety of different features including prominent athletes, coaches and celebrities. Fans will need a FloPro subscription to view the live matches.
The decision to include live competition alongside this year’s Beat the Streets fundraiser continues a tradition of 11 straight years of high-level competition held in numerous iconic locations. These unique and electrifying annual events have helped Beat the Streets, Inc. raise millions of dollars to support local youth wrestling programs which empower young people in New York City.
The first Beat the Streets competition was held in 2010. Previous locations for the matches have included the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, the Seaport District and the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
To learn more about Beat the Streets New York, visit www.btsny.org.