In honor of Womens Wrestling Week as established by USA Wrestling for our Country March 2-8, here is a story of how the Greers got started.
My younger two daughters are adopted, the older one of the two due to a very hard beginning of life was dealing with so much anger and fear. This picture represents the family that we are beyond thankful for. My friend Katie said to me one day with a flyer in her hand I’m going to this tonight if you want to come. (She was taking her son just a little older then Ashlee). It was a trial class at a local high school club for wrestling. (I thought, “but all I got is girls” lol). I looked at it and thought it could help Ashlee learn self defense, get out aggression and help her with self confidence. Going from a family of 4 to a family of 6 money was tight but this program was a great deal, they even had singlets, shoes and head gear to borrow. I took Ashlee that night and Brandee begged to come along. After sending Ashlee into the class Brandee was sitting on the bleacher pouting because she wanted to go in also. Matt, Katie’s Brother, said go on in and check it out. Brandee came out a sweaty mess, red faced and crazy messy hair. I was waiting for the “thanks, but never again” response but instead I got “that was the best day of my life” and we have supported her every day after that. My youngest decided after 1 year she did not want to just watch she wanted to try also. Breeana, my oldest, loves to watch and is 100% behind her sisters but says its just not for her smile emoticon Brandee soon after that day joined the wrestling team in 6th grade at her Jr. high and that is when we found out not all kids or coaches support girls wrestling. Now we are ending this Jr. High chapter and moving on to High School and looking forward to what it will bring.
Thank you USA Wrestling for acknowledging girls for this week. My hope is that girls wrestling will grow in numbers and more importantly more people will support and embrace the hard work girls put in each and every day.
By TWI Contributor Diana Alberhasky Bebee Greer
Wrestling Mom and supporter of all wrestling.