Rally4Wrestling Atlanta will take place in Alpharetta, Ga. at The Cooler from Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2.
The rally is a celebration of wrestling, a Keep Olympic Wrestling event, and a send-off for the U.S. Men's Freestyle World Team as it goes through final preparation for the 2013 Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 16-22.
The Titan Mercury Club out of San Marino, Calif., and its founder Andy Barth have helped created the Rally4Wrestling event concept. Barth is the U.S. Men's Freestyle World Team Leader.
"We're really accomplishing several really positive things for wrestling all at the same time. We're highlighting wrestling shortly in advance of the IOC's vote. We're hoping every time we do that it sends a clear message as to the support the wrestling community has for its sport" Barth recently told W.I.N. Magazine.
W.I.N. Magazine article on Rally4Wrestling
The event is being co-sponsored by USA Wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW) and Takedown Sportswear. USA Wrestling's very successful state association in Georgia, Team Georgia, is also supporting the activity.
The weekend will be packed with events that are intended to continue the momentum for the USA World team and to bring more attention to the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement.
The excitement starts on Friday, August 30 with a "Sock Hop" and the Rally4Wrestling Exposition and ends on Monday, September 2 with the World Team Workouts.
A wrestling clinic which will bring in athletes to compete will also take place (a full schedule of events is below).
The weekend will bring several wrestling stars including World and Olympic champions Tom Brands and Dan Gable, Olympic champions Cael Sanderson and Brandon Slay, and World champion and National Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones, among others.
All events will be held at The Cooler, a popular sports complex in Alpharetta. John Bardis, the Director of Development and Finance for CPOW, owns the Cooler. It has become one of the finest family recreation centers in the nation, with established programs for figure skating, ice hockey, volleyball, roller hockey, martial arts, yoga and wrestling with internationally recognized coaches and trainers.
"The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to partner with this event and is thrilled to bring in visitors to our awesome city" said Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Labor Day weekend is a great time to stay in Alpharetta as it will be packed with awesome events."
Rally4Wrestling has designed a new element of excitement for athletes and fans associated with wrestling. The mission of Rally4Wrestling is to showcase the moral, physical and intrinsic qualities of the sport of wrestling and to bring mainstream America the positive role models and lessons that the sport of wrestling brings to daily live. It is also developed to "Rally" the multitude of wrestlers, coaches, parents and fans for the good news, lessons and sportsmanship that wresting instills in mankind. The theme of the weekend is "KEEP OLYMPIC WRESTLING."
Rally4Wrestling Facebook Page
TENTATIVE Schedule of Events
Friday August 30
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Club Flash "Olympic Celebration Sock Hop" with DJ Kiddluke "Celebrate the Passion", R4W Expo Opens
Saturday, August 31
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - R4W Live "Takedown Broadcast" with Scott Casber, Training Camp featuring NCAA National Champions, Olympic Champions & Olympic Medalist, R4W Wrestling Expo Open
3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. - All Division Duals" Elite Level Duals, Olympic Wrestling Olympic Belt Team Championships, R4W Wrestling Expo Open
Sunday, September 1
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Fellowship service with Nate Carr, World Class Training Camp with World Team & Coaches (afternoon arrival), World Team practice (afternoon), R4W Wrestling Expo Open
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - $50 adults, $30 students - Red Carpet Outdoor Media Social, 5-6pm Indoor "Champions Social" 6-7pm, Dinner with the Champs & Recognition Awards, 7pm
Monday, September 2
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - World Team Practice, Training Camp, Clinic and more
R4W Expo includes... Wrestling Memorabilia, Olympic Medalist & Champions Autograph Signings, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Exhibit, World Team Practice, $65 World Class Training Camps (All 3-days), Wrestling Vendors, Wrestling Movie Presentation, $50 adults & $30 students Dinner with Champions, USA Wrestling Display, "All Division Duals" and Concession Stand.
All Events will take place at
10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30009
10775 Davis Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30004
R4W Olympic Wrestling Expo
Olympic Wrestling Memorabilia, Olympic Champions & Olympic Medalist Autograph Signings, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Display, World Team Workouts & Live World Team Exhibition Matches , World Class Training Camp with Olympians Open to all Wrestlers, Wrestling Vendors, Wrestling Movie Presentation, "Dinner with the Champs-Recognition Awards", USA Wrestling Display, *All Division Duals* and Concession Stand.