MIXXSports: Kwahlie On Top!

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Of the many sports your child can participate in, Wrestling is perhaps the most misrepresented, misunderstood, and underrated. The ratio of participation of public awareness is remarkably lopsided. Each year hundreds of thousands of kids participate in this sport, yet the average person knows as much about wrestling as they might know about rugby or polo; which combined, involve far fewer athletes.

My antipathy increased when I attended my first wrestling tournament in February. There were hundreds of sweaty and excited little boys and girls romping around on the wrestling mats. The thought of children physically hurting each other on purpose just didn’t sit well with me. However, I must admit that I was impressed by the knowledge and athletic ability these children displayed, even as young as 4 and 5 years old.

During the tournament, I was able to watch Kwahlie Coffman, a 5’5 – 135lb 10yr old who took an unfortunate loss in the first round but came back and completely punished his opponents in the following rounds. Needless to say, Kwahlie is proof that wrestling teaches more than how to pin down your opponent until he/she can’t take it anymore. Wrestling teaches endurance in both body and spirit. It teaches good sportsmanship, the joy of winning, and humility that comes with losing. Even though my love for the sport may not increase, nothing compares to the excitement of a child whose arm is raised in victory at the end of a match.


VIDEO LINK: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qo4mswuhzw8zqcm/KYWA.mp4

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