Beat the Streets Baltimore Wrestling ProgramBeat the Streets – Baltimore is welcomed as the newest fully accredited member of the Beat the Streets National network. With this addition, they become the tenth chapter to receive accreditation. BTS National is extremely proud to have BTS Baltimore as its newest member, given their deep and rich history of impact with the youth and communities of Baltimore.

“Bringing a program like Baltimore’s on board is a major step toward our goals of growing the organization around the country, so that we can serve more communities and provide opportunities to more youth,” said Executive Director of BTS National, Ben Reiter.

BTS – Baltimore was founded in 2011 by Lydell Henry, and the chapter has served 21 schools representing over 1,500 student-athletes. “We’re extremely excited to join the Beat the Streets network as an accredited member,” said Lydell Henry, who continues to serve as the Executive Director of BTS – Baltimore. “The collaboration between cities and thought leaders will leave a long-lasting impact on our youth, cities, and country.”

Over the past four years, BTS National has successfully established an accreditation process for new organizations and increased collaboration between BTS leaders and communities. With this strong foundation, BTS organizations are more unified than ever, and positioned to continue advancing our mission to empower thousands more youth in need.

Beat the Streets National is a network of social impact organizations that exists to empower and transform the lives of youth through mentoring and the sport of wrestling. BTS organizations collectively serve over 8,400 youth each year, and have invested over $32 million into under-resourced youth and communities since 2005, with organizations operating out of Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New England, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

“We are extremely grateful to formalize our partnership with the Beat the Streets National leadership and network,” said Rudy Ruiz, BTS – Baltimore Board Chair. “We are excited about the direction and alignment of the organizations, as we work together to make a greater impact for youth in our great cities in the coming months and years.”

Beat the Streets National has ambitious plans to expand around the country. As part of the Visionary Campaign, we hope to reach 28 new cities by the year 2028.

Please welcome BTS – Baltimore to the Beat the Streets National community!

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