By Gary Kinzer, Contributor
To reach Coach Gary: Gary_kinzer@yahoo.com
Fallout Wrestling Club
When I was in grade school, I went to the school on the “wrong side of the tracks.” I saw kids who saw school as a hot meal and a warm place to rest. I saw kids who had little in the world, but they tried their best. By the time they were in high school, some kept trying and some walked away. Many of these kids, the kids that were forgotten, made something of themselves with the help of teachers, friends and coaches. There is something beautiful in that story, something I have taken with me throughout my life. Something I wished to be more a part of. Lately, I have been racking my brain for something I could do that is worthwhile for anyone who was willing to try. Because I have limited funds myself, I can’t give to charities as freely as I would like, but I can offer my talents as a wrestling coach.
For the past several years, I tossed around the idea of starting a club for K-12, that taught the fundamentals of wrestling. People have told me what to charge, and how to set it up, but it never felt right to me, because it would exclude the kids who needed it the most. This is why I am proud to announce that there will be a new club starting this week. The Fallout Wrestling Club.
This is place for kids who need shelter from the storms of life. This is the place where all are welcome. Why? Membership is FREE. That’s right. Anyone can join with their parents permission.
I have had 32 years experience in this beautiful sport, and I have seen it do wonders in the lives of children of all ages. I have seen the timid become strong, the strong-willed become agreeable. I have seen it change the lives of countless boys and girls. Just ask. I can give you plenty of references.
I understand there may be some hesitancy. I understand that wrestling may be foreign, or you may have heard bad things. I don’t care about weight. I don’t care about ability. I don’t care about winning. I only care about growth. All I expect is an “I’m gonna be a little better today” attitude, and a “I’m doing my best” spirit. You must walk before you can run.
I’m looking for anyone who wants to give a sport a try. Wrestling is the most inclusive sport I know. The only thing a competitor needs is a heart.
Just try it, or stop in to watch. If it’s not for you walk away, no questions asked, no noses turned. The Fallout Shelter is a judgement free zone. I have a great staff who has the same vision I do. We love our athletes like they are our own.
Summer Practices are Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-7:00 in the Fort Defiance Aux Gym, starting this week. I hope to see you there. Bring a friend.