MINNEAPOLIS/MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Feb. 13, 2018 – J Robinson, founder of JROB Intensive Wrestling Camps and three-time NCAA National Champion wrestling coach, and all-boys, college-preparatory Saint Thomas Academy, are partnering to host the inaugural J Robinson Wrestling Classic on Sunday, March 4, the final tournament before the MNUSA State Youth Wrestling Tournament, March 9-11, in Rochester, Minn. The tournament is open to boys and girls in PreK through 8th grades, with all proceeds benefiting Minnesota-based United Heroes League (UHL), a charity that makes it financially possible for children in military families to participate in and experience athletic competition.
Robinson, a former Army Ranger and Vietnam veteran, and Saint Thomas Academy see the tournament as an opportunity to contribute to the growth of wrestling in Minnesota and encourage athletes to further their athletic potential. "Providing young wrestlers with access to great tournaments is the best way to help them stay involved in the sport long-term," Robinson said. "The success of our sport depends on it, and I am honored to partner with such a respected school as Saint Thomas Academy to help grow the sport of wrestling."
The J Robinson Wrestling Classic will feature four-man, round-robin brackets organized by weight and experience level; staggered weigh-ins and competition times; full-size mats for 7th and 8th graders; and an autograph session with J Robinson. It will be held at Saint Thomas Academy, in Mendota Heights, in the state-of-the-art athletic facilities within Vincent J. Flynn Hall. Visit The Guillotinefor additional information and registration details.
"Wrestlers from across the country seek training from Coach Robinson and JROB Wrestling Camps because they provide high-caliber instruction and help athletes pursue their greatest potential," said Saint Thomas Academy Athletic Director Bob Slater '77. "Saint Thomas Academy is excited to be associated with an organization known for fostering excellence in athletic competition, while also raising money for UHL."
After a thorough search and review of Minnesota-based military charities, Robinson and Saint Thomas Academy decided to donate all proceeds to UHL. "We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with Coach Robinson on this amazing event," said Benjamin Mattson, chief marketing and development officer at UHL. "The money raised will help us advance our mission to help military families and expose many others to our cause."
About JROB Intensive Wrestling Camps
After 40 years, JROB Intensive Wrestling Camps has trained more than 45,000 wrestlers with a training philosophy that focuses on developing technical skill, physical preparation, building mental toughness, and life skills. Founded in 1978 by legendary wrestling coach J Robinson, JROB now operates 12 summer wrestling camps in locations across the country. For more information, please call 612.349.6585 or visit jrobinsoncamps.com.
About Saint Thomas Academy
Founded in 1885, Saint Thomas Academy is an all-male, college preparatory, Catholic, military leadership school committed to preparing young men to succeed in college and in life. The Academy challenges its students in grades 6-12 to excel academically, spiritually, morally and physically in and out of the classroom. It is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS); a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), and the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). For more information, please visit www.cadets.com.
About United Heroes League
United Heroes League is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit based in Hastings, Minn. The charity assists families of all branches of the military by providing free sports equipment, free camps, financial grants to pay for registration fees, and pro sports tickets so the entire family can enjoy a night out at the game. For more information, visit unitedheroesleague.org.