Demetrius O. Williams
Demetrius O. Williams
Beat the Streets Cleveland is a not-for-profit organization that cultivates youth development in underserved communities of Cleveland, Ohio by teaching the important concepts of respect, teamwork, leadership, integrity, and perseverance, through the engagement of the sport of wrestling. Beat the Streets Cleveland was formed in 2016 by individuals whose lives have been positively influenced by the sport. Our core focus is to positively alter life’s trajectory for Cleveland area youth through mentoring, training, and youth athletics. Simply stated, Beat the Streets Cleveland is opening doors for Cleveland youth that would otherwise be closed.
In 2021 we successfully supported and impacted over six hundred children throughout the City of Cleveland through the following programs:
These programs were achieved through working with various local organizations such as: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation, Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation, After School All-Stars, Benedictine High School, and various other local schools and organizations.
We are committed and intentional about creating opportunities for positive change. We are changing lives daily. It’s more than just about wrestling. As a result of our efforts thus far we have seen significant strides of improvement in the children that we serve; socially, emotionally, and physically. Based on pre and post survey results from our recent summer programming we have seen consistent improvement in the kid’s ability to follow directions, focus on specific tasks and objectives, work as a team and an enhanced understanding on how to set and obtain goals. Additionally, we have seen improvement in the children’s ability to resolve conflict without altercations or escalation. Lastly, we have seen a substantial increase in the kids’ understanding of how to eat and exercise efficiently and effectively to create a healthier lifestyle.
To sum it all up, we are positively altering the lives of the kids we serve. We are Beating the Streets of Cleveland one life at a time.
There are currently Beat The Streets Chapters in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Providence, Los Angeles and Cleveland, Ohio
Beat the Streets cultivates youth development in under-served communities by encouraging a desire for excellence, respect, teamwork, leadership, integrity, and perseverance through the instruction of quality wrestling programs.