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Talented and motivated individuals sought to serve on USA Wrestling’s ad-hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Aug. 11, 2020, 4:45 p.m. (ET)

USA Wrestling President Bruce Baumgartner is reaching out to USA Wrestling’s membership in its effort to find talented and motivated individuals to serve on its expanded ad-hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee during the next Olympic four-year cycle.

According to USA Wrestling bylaws, USA Wrestling’s ad-hoc committees are created and appointed by the organization’s president and will serve as long as there is a need to be addressed. In the past, USA Wrestling has been led by a group of volunteer leaders on an ad-hoc Diversity Committee.

With the start of the new four-year Olympic cycle, which begins in September 2020, USA Wrestling will put an expanded focus into this critical issue. The name of the ad-hoc committee will be changed to the “Diversity and Inclusion Committee,” with its scope widened and its mission expanded.

President Baumgartner is seeking to repopulate this committee with a wider spectrum of diverse leaders from our sport, as well as recruit some subject-experts in diversity and inclusion that have a desire to help wrestling grow in this area. He is seeking individuals with the abilities and passion to move USA Wrestling forward. Appointment of the ad-hoc committee will be made by the person elected as USA Wrestling’s president at the 2020 Board of Directors meeting on August 15.

A four-year commitment is required as terms for these volunteer positions. Once appointed, committee members will proceed in this leadership role for the next Summer Olympic quadrennium, through the 2024 Board of Directors meeting. Most committee work is done by email and telephone/computer conference call. All committees are active and hard-working.

Any current member of USA Wrestling who has completed SafeSport training and passed the mandatory background screening as required for Wrestling Leader membership is eligible to serve on the ad-hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Any current member may also nominate another current USA Wrestling member for this committee. Prospective candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.

To be considered, information on the experience and leadership background of each candidate (and any material reinforcing the candidate's qualifications) must be sent to USA Wrestling. Those who wish to send an application can use the document below, but using this specific form is not required. Please provide your material via email to by August 25.

USA Wrestling is committed to grow and improve as it expands its diversity at all levels, and creates an inclusive sport which welcomes all to participate. The ad-hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee will help lead the organization in this important mission.


Nominee Name ____________________________________________________________

2019-2020 USA Wrestling membership number _________________________________

Mailing Address ____________________________________________________________

City _____________________________________ State ________ Zip _________________

Day phone # _______________________ Night phone # ____________________________

Email address: _____________________________________________________________

(Short biography and/or reasons the nominee would be a good choice for this position(s):







Other materials supporting the nominee’s candidacy may also be submitted.

For those nominating another person:

Member nominating: _____________________________________ 

USAW memb# ________________

Send in application information by Tuesday, August 25, 2020, via email to