USA Wrestling launches USA Wrestling for Peace World Tour to distribute $50M in Medical Aid

By USA Wrestling for Peace | March 13, 2018, 4:32 p.m. (ET)
Wrestling bridges the gap between rivals. Jordan Burroughs, USA and Sadegh Goudarzi of Iran at the 2012 Olympics. Reuters Photo.

Colorado Springs, CO – Mar. 13, 2018 – USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport in the United States announced today the launch of the USA Wrestling for Peace ‘World Impact Tour.' The program offers support and humanitarian aid to struggling communities around the globe.

The World Impact Tour will visit 13 countries, including the USA, Algeria, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Croatia, Serbia, Kenya, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uganda, and Zambia.

Rich Bender, the Executive Director of USA Wrestling said “Wrestling is a global sport that transcends borders and cultures. Team USA has tremendous access and friendships wherever we go. We want to do our part to help them overcome their challenges and bridge the gap between cultures.”

Each country has a unique culture and specific needs. To meet the demand, USA Wrestling is partnered with CitiHope Relief and Development to provide medical and humanitarian aid and the U.S. Wrestling Foundation to maximize support and coordination. See for more information.

CitiHope has delivered over $1.2B in humanitarian aid since their formation in 1990. They have designated $50M in medical aid to support this program. “USA Wrestling is a perfect fit for us,” said Paul Moore, CEO of CitiHope. “We want to bring more attention and support to the struggles that people are going through and wrestlers are known for taking on tough challenges.”

Jeff Waters, the Chairman for the U.S. Wrestling Foundation said “This is in our DNA. Everyone wrestles. It is the human condition. The USA Wrestling for Peace program embraces this universal struggle to help communities in need.”

USWF will coordinate trips and partnerships to support activities and aid distribution.

Country missions are led by wrestling ambassadors that are prominent leaders and advocates including – actor, Billy Baldwin; financier, Andy Barth; former Google executive, Kiki Kelly; CEO, James Ravannack; world medalist and Army veteran, Sally Roberts; and co-founder of Bonhoeffer Brothers Media, Dan Russell.

About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States as the representative to the United States Olympic Committee and coordinator of amateur wrestling programs. USA Wrestling has more than 226,000 members. These members include athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans. Each year, USA Wrestling charters over 4,500 wrestling clubs and sanctions over 2,100 local, state, regional and national competitions.

About CitiHope Relief and Development
Based in New York, CitiHope Relief and Development has delivered over $1.2 billion in food, medicine, and medical supplies around the world over their 25-year history.

About U.S. Wrestling Foundation
USWF coordinates and funds growth opportunities for wrestling at all levels.