The Huskie Wrestling Family, an Oak Park-based nonprofit that’s affiliated with the Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling organization, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest to develop a program designed to prevent sexual violence among teens.
The Wrestling Family will partner with Oak Park nonprofit Sarah’s Inn, which is well-known for providing resources for victims of domestic violence, according to a statement released by head wrestling coach Paul Collins.
The Rotary grant will “provide seed money to incorporate anti-violence teaching, prevention workshops and hands-on service projects into the organization’s year-round programming and activities,” Collins stated.
“The program was developed in response to increasing prevalence of sexual violence among youth,” Collins added. “The Huskie Wrestling Family, known throughout the community for values-based training, positive adult role models, and commitment to youth, believes that with the right training and tools, it can lean on its strong relationships with student-athletes to effect positive change.”