CLEVELAND, Ohio – The United States Marine Corps Sports Leadership Academy will host a free wrestling clinic April 22 at Cleveland State University (2121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115).
The USMC Sports Leadership Academy is a unique experience for athletes seeking skill training and leadership insights that go beyond the mat. These nationwide sports clinics offer the chance to enhance wrestling ability through instruction from some of the area’s best wrestling coaches as well as learn leadership from some of America’s best leaders, the United States Marines.
“We are excited to provide this opportunity for the local youth to complement their athletic experiences with the skillset to become exceptional leaders,” Mr. Leroy Pennington, Director of Eastern Recruiting Region Marketing said. “The USMC Sports Leadership Academy is a unique skill building experience that provides a great atmosphere for its participants.”
Participants will be immersed in the fundamentals of wrestling while being exposed to Marine-style leadership. Marine Corps Leadership Traits will be taught during short breakout sessions throughout the day and focus on how the sports skills learned on the mat relate to real world leadership challenges. Whether in the classroom or on the mat, USMC Sports Leadership Academy attendees will experience the skills required to stand out among their peers.
Cleveland State Head Coach Ben Stehura will serve as the head coach for the event. Stehura, in his ninth season at CSU, has coached five Eastern Wrestling champions and nine NCAA Division I qualifiers. For the past seven years, Stehura has been the head coach for Team Ohio in the junior National Freestyle Tournament.
The Wrestling Academy begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. following the awards presentations and closing ceremony. All participants receive a USMC Sports Leadership Academy t-shirt and free lunch as well as a camp swag bag. The event is open to anyone between the age of 15 and 19 years of age and is made possible in part by BODYARMOR Sports Drink and sports equipment manufacturer, Spalding. Limited registration is available at www.usmcsports.com.
Coaches know the game, now players can learn the secrets of leadership that will carry on beyond the realm of athletics.