USA Wrestling

LAST DAY TO BID Randy Couture Kurt Angle Jay Leno Mario Lopez auction items to support Olympic wrestling

By CPOW | July 23, 2013, 11:31 a.m. (ET)
A training session with Randy Couture, VIP tickets to the Jay Leno Show, backstage passes for IMPACT Wrestling with meet-and-greet with Kurt Angle & Hulk Hogan, VIP tickets to UFC 167, a set visit with ESPN's Mike & Mike, and a meet-and-greet with Mario Lopez highlight an online auction hosted by Hollywood actor Billy Baldwin. The Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling (CPOW) and Baldwin launched the auction on eBay last Friday to benefit the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement.

BIDDING ENDS ON MONDAY, JULY 22.

THE AUCTION CAN BE FOUND HERE:
http://stores.ebay.com/Save-USA-Wrestling

Each of the celebrities who are involved in the auction have a wrestling background and are getting involved to help support the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement.

On February 12, the executive board of the Olympic Committee recommended that wrestling not be a core sport of the Olympic Games beginning in 2020. In June, wrestling was named one of three finalists for the final provisional spot in the 2020 and 2024 Games. The final decision will be made by vote of the IOC General Assembly in September.

Baldwin, a former high school and college wrestler and 2003 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has worked with CPOW since the IOC announcement in February and has been instrumental in getting Hollywood behind the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement. The proceeds will go CPOW's efforts to Keep Olympic Wrestling and to promote the value of wrestling to young men and women worldwide.

"The values of work ethic, discipline and mental toughness that are instilled through training and competition transcend the sport of wrestling" said Baldwin. "Later in life, when you are fighting your way through adversity, dealing with the challenges of being a husband and father, or in the pursuit of your career, they will come back to serve you well."

Current LIVE items include:
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- One-hour boxing lesson with Former welterweight champion of the world, Carlos Palomino

- Meet & Greet with Jay Leno; includes VIP seating and green room access

- Ultimate UFC experience; inclues VIP seating and gear

- Afternoon with Mario Lopez on the set of "Extra

- Backstage with IMPACT Wrestling; includes VIP seating, gear, and a personal tweet from Kurt Angle

- One-hour training session with Randy Couture; includes 3 days/2 nights at the D Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

- Watch the Mike & Mike show live in the ESPN studios; includes lunch with Mike Golic

Auction ends in four days, on Monday!!!! BID TODAY.

Possible additions include:
- Rio 2016 Summer Games packages, including event tickets and VIP access
- Walk-on role on "Boardwalk Empire" and a meet and greet with Steve Buscemi
- Attend the premier of "Foxcatcher" starring Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, and Sienna Miller
- Lunch with Tom Arnold

About CPOW
The Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW) was developed by USA Wrestling, whose mission is to insure that wrestling remains as a core sport of the Olympic Games. CPOW features many highly-respected leaders within the American wrestling, chaired by Bill Scherr of Glenview, Ill., a World champion and Olympic medalist in freestyle wrestling and a leader in the Olympic family.

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