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Honoring the Men who Made Us Who We Are

I was eight years old when my father stepped back on the wrestling mat after more than twenty years. His first opponent turned out to be one of the best wrestlers in the high school’s history, a hulking, punishing, future Marine. That matchup was no mistake; it was a trial by fire.

He made it through that first day and kept going until I graduated from high school. He was 55. His choice to throw his hat onto the mat was a formative experience for me; coming with him to practices and matches, watching him interact with my boyhood heroes. Looking back what really influenced me was his passion for the sport and for life.

The Gift that Says More

This Father’s Day I want to show my father how much his exuberance for life influenced me. And a tie just won’t do. That’s why I’m dedicating a donation to Beat the Streets in his honor.

Beat the Streets funds a program that is expanding wrestling into urban New York areas for middle school and high school students who otherwise would not be exposed to the world’s oldest sport. Wrestling builds confidence and capabilities for young people and helps them develop mental toughness and work ethics. These inherent requirements are critical to success in every sport as well as to success in academics and to success in life.

I learned about Beat the Streets when they were promoting their annual gala. Each year, Beat the Streets celebrates wrestling with some of the thousands of students whose lives they’ve touched. This year their Main Event was conducted on the deck of the USS Intrepid with over 1,200 people witnessing some of the nation’s top wrestlers including several wrestlers from Beat the Streets.

Athletes of all shapes and sizes can excel and enjoy wrestling. And all can benefit from the physical activity, strength and healthy self-esteem that come along with the sport.

My father was never a coach, never paid, and never came back excited that he was able to beat a wrestler. He was patient, helpful, and enthusiastic with every wrestler. His team’s wins and losses mattered in the moment, but they weren’t held onto with ego or regret. My father wrestled because he loved the sport. That passion is what I carry with me every day, and what I want to give back.

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  1. Silver Star Families Of America Announces Their New President’s Project “WHAM”
    WOUNDED HEROES AND MUSIC that is what “WHAM” is. Donate Your Gently Used MP3 Player or IPOD and it will be sent to a wounded or ill or injured Veteran or Soldier in one of the many Veteran or Military Hospitals around the Country.
    Music has been shown to be extremely effective in reducing psycho physiologic stress, pain, and anxiety. It also helps to filter out unpleasant and unfamiliar sounds associated with hospitalization. Sometimes the needs for excessive medication are reduced and the side effects of the medication are reduced. For centuries, music and medicine have been linked together. In essence, music can be a stress responder and relaxation is promoted, and the body is returned to a healthier balance. Music helps improve mood and even mobility, reduce the need for sedatives and pain relievers during and after surgery, decrease nausea, lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety, and even ease depression. Music soothes the soul. As President of The Silver Star Families of America, it is my pleasure to see the great undertakings our organization has provided for our wounded and ill and injured Veterans. Our new WHAM Program is especially near to my heart as I see the great influence music has on my husband, who is also a wounded and ill Veteran.
    Music is a natural source of distraction and listening to music every day can have a big impact on both the physical and emotional well-being of our wounded and ill and injured, especially those who suffer PTS. In short, music makes your brain happy and helps to improve the emotional state of mind.
    So won’t you please help us to help our wounded and ill and injured by donating your gently used IPOD or MP3 player that might just be sitting in your drawer? We will gladly accept new ones also.

    Please remember that all used IPODs and MP3 players must be in good working condition and must have a USB cable and headphones. There is someone out there that will truly benefit from your donation.
    For questions or information

    To donate an IPOD or MP3 Player please mail to:
    P. O Box 457
    Lake Zurich, IL 60047

    (A receipt for your donation will be mailed to you upon receipt of donation)

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