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SIUE Wrestling Completes Two Community Service Events

SIUE Wrestling Volunteers at Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
SIUE Wrestling Volunteers at Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE wrestling program was busy this past weekend, helping its community and spreading knowledge about their sport.


Numerous members of the wrestling team helped provide support for the Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. The walk was held in Parking Lot A on SIUE's campus and continued on the Morris Trail.


Cougar wrestlers cheered on walkers, handed out participant goodie bags, worked the food tent, and helped clean up after the event. The Walk to Stop Diabetes featured entertainment, a health fair, and a kid's zone.


"The event is a good opportunity for our guys to work together for a good cause," said SIUE Assistant Coach Donovan McMahill. "There are a lot of people at the walk that have been impacted by diabetes in some way, and the event is very important to us and them.  We are appreciative to have the opportunity to give back."


Meanwhile, SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates was a special guest coach at Chicago Simeon High School for "Beat the Streets – Chicago."


Spates passed along his knowledge to a group of young wrestlers eager to hear from the first-year head coach. The coaching clinic was set up to give the Chicago area's young wrestlers a chance to listen to an experienced collegiate coach.  Spates shared his experiences as the coach of the NCAA's first four-time national champion to win at four different weight classes – Cornell's Kyle Dake.


"Beat the Streets is a great organization that uses wrestling to provide an outlet for inner-city kids," said Spates. "I was very excited to work with BTS at Simeon High School. The guys did a great job, and it was a good experience all around. If you have never heard of BTS you should look them up and do anything you can to help our youth in the cities."

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