Jordan Burroughs: BTS Mentor and World Class Athlete
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
1y ago
In this episode of the podcast we are blessed to speak with Olympic and World Champion, Jordan Burroughs. Since moving to Philadelphia, Jordan has been instrumental in helping out around the BTS mentoring center and has been an excellent role model for our BTS youth. He brings years of experience at the highest levels of wrestling and inspires so many in our community. Jordan shares his motivations and impact with us on the show today, along with some amazing advice to wrestling parents. We are so grateful to have someone like Jordan in the BTS family ..read more
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Lender Vega: Wrestling Coordinator and BTS Alum
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
1y ago
In this episode of the podcast, we have the chance to speak with Lender Vega, who works full-time at BTS Philly as the Wrestling Coordinator. Lender has a rich history with the Beat the Streets program. While we often talk about the intersection of academics and athletics, Lender’s story has an unusual twist. During a freshman year seminar, his teacher offered the students five extra points if they participated in a sport. Lender jumped at the opportunity and joined the wrestling team. Despite a rocky start, Lender fell in love with the sport and continued improving. Lender’s life journey has ..read more
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Evan Barczak: Lead Mentor and Drexel Wrestler
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
2y ago
In this episode of the podcast, we get the chance to speak with Evan Barczak, a Drexel University wrestler who has been an instrumental member of the Beat the Streets Philadelphia community for the past four years. According to Executive Director James Mangan, “His role as a lead mentor really helped shape a lot of this programming over the last couple of years.” As a freshman at Drexel, Evan heard about the program from an older teammate and showed up to a pizza party event. He was immediately inspired by the student-athletes he met there. “The kids were just so excited about wrestling. They ..read more
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CJ Composto: NCAA All-American and Mentor
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
2y ago
In this episode, we speak with UPenn wrestler CJ Composto who achieved All-American status this March at the NCAA tournament. CJ is a regular at the mentoring center and speaks about how serving others lifts yourself up. It's impressive that he is able to balance Division 1 athletics and Ivy League Academics, while still finding time to help the student-athletes at Beat the Streets!  ..read more
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James Mangan: BTS Philly Executive Director
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by James Mangan
2y ago
James Mangan is the Executive Director of Beat the Streets Philadelphia. But there is so much more to James' story. He grew up wrestling in Philadelphia in the days before Beat the Streets existed. And later, he became a volunteer coach to help the next generation of Philly wrestlers. In this episode, James talks about what it means to be part of the Philadelphia community as well as the BTS community. He talks about the mentors who helped him reach where he is today, and the important of mentorship for student-athletes. James talks about the problems that BTS faces and its goals for the futu ..read more
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Regina Johnson: Parent and Administrator
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
2y ago
In this episode of the podcast we get the chance to speak with Regina Johnson who is not only a BTS parent, but she serves as the Athletic Director at Matin Luther King High School which is a BTS partner. Regina brings a fresh new perspective to the podcast and so many lessons from the BTS community. She has been an invaluable partner and we are so grateful for everything she does to serve the student-athletes of Philadelphia ..read more
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Dan Altomare: Director of Program Operations
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
2y ago
On this episode of the podcast, we get the chance to speak with Dan Altomare, the Director of Program Operations for BTS Philly. Dan has a deep and thorough knowledge of BTS programming from many different levels and is an invaluable member of the staff. Dan’s journey with BTS Philly began in 2015 when he was getting a degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Temple University. As part of his degree, he got an internship with BTS Philly. He thought it would just be a temporary assignment, but was drawn to the mission and satisfaction of working with the student athletes “I think somethi ..read more
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Aboubakare Diaby on Mentorship and Community
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
2y ago
In this episode of the podcast, we speak with BTSP alum Aboubakare Diaby about his experiences in wrestling, Beat the Streets, and mentorship. Aboubakare currently wrestles at Drexel University where he studies Mechanical Engineering. He talks about the importance of mentorship in achieving his goals and gives much credit to his mentor, former podcast guest Ousmane Diara. Aboubakare plays an important role in the BTS community and we are proud of everything he has accomplished on and off the mat. And we look forward to what the future brings in his story ..read more
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Chris Hanlon on his experience working with Beat the Streets Philadelphia
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
2y ago
In this podcast episode, we speak with former Beat the Streets Philadelphia (BTSP) Executive Director Chris Hanlon. So much of the impact that BTSP can achieve today is due to his stewardship from a fledgling organization to a presence that currently serves 1,000 youth at 30 wrestling programs in the Greater Philadelphia area. Chris embodies the Beat the Streets spirit on so many levels. He is passionate about not only wrestling but positively altering life's trajectory ..read more
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Ed Schneider: The Foundations of BTS and the PAL
Beat the Streets Philadelphia Podcast
by BTS Philly
2y ago
Today we are joined by Ed Schneider who has helped influence thousands of young wrestlers over the years and helped positively alter life's trajectory. Ed was a coach of the Police Athletic Leave in Philadelphia, which in many ways sowed the seeds for the work that BTS continues today. And he has been involved in so many aspects of BTS from its very beginning ..read more
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