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The JJ Watt Foundation contributed over $13,000 this year to the WMS Tiger Wrestling Program so the team could purchase new singlets and a wrestling mat. “This was a big boost for our program as we try to grow our feeder program for the high school. With the money from the JJ Watt Foundation, we were able make these purchases, that we would otherwise not be able to do,” said Kevin Elliott who heads up the wrestling program at both the middle school and high school.
The JJ Watt Foundation has provided funding in excess of $5,000,000 to 6th – 8th grade after school athletic programs and organizations around the United States. Participation in athletic programs provide to children the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn valuable life lessons that will serve them well beyond their years on the playing field. Providing these opportunities for children in the community will not only give them a safe, supervised, and structured setting in which to spend time after-school, but it will also teach the children how to work together within the context of a team, how to persevere in the face of adversity, and that hard work is the best path to success in any situation. The ultimate goal for this foundation is to provide an opportunity for kids to be kids. The Foundation wants kids to be able to have fun and enjoy playing sports with their peers, but at the same time, they want to help lay a solid foundation of characteristics on which they may build the rest of their life.
“We had a very successful year in wrestling this season and we want to thank the JJ Watt Foundation for providing us with the tools to encourage our wrestlers to come and take pride in themselves and the program,” added Elliott.