SUMMIT, NJ - Brandon Slay, gold medalist in freestyle wrestling's 167.5-pound weight class at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, will be the featured speaker at the Summit Wrestling Club's Annual Gala, which will be held March 24 at the Summit Elks Lodge.
Slay is currently the Executive Director and Head Coach of the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center based at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
His talk, applicable to all young athletes and their parents, will center on the critical role sports plays in the development of youth, sharing his insights, inspiration and perspective on the connection between the athletic journey and broader achievement as well as personal growth.
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Previously, he was a head coach for USA Wrestling from 2009-16 and enjoyed a storied wrestling career that, in addition to his Olympic triumph, included the following achievements and accolades:
- 2000 U.S. National Champion
- Two-Time NCAA Champion at Penn
- Four-Time All Ivy League
- Three-Time Texas State High School Champion
- National Wrestling Hall of Fame Member
- University of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Member
- Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Hall of Fame Member
Slay was actually defeated in the 2000 gold medal match by his opponent, Alexander Leipold of Germany, however Leipold tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone and was stripped of his medal, which was subsequently awarded to Slay six weeks later in a ceremony on NBC's Today Show.
The Gala event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will also include live music, raffles and dinner provided by Summit's La Pastaria Restaurant.The proprietor of La Pastaria, Phil Angelo, is the father of Summit High School Wrestling senior co-captain, Philip Angelo, who just concluded a tremendous Hilltopper wrestling career with a podium finish at the NJSIAA State Championship in Atlantic City.
Drinks will be provided via a cash bar with premium and domestic drink tickets for sale at the door. Partial proceeds of the drink tickets will benefit of the Summit Wrestling Club.
Admission is $100 per person prior to the event, $125 at the door, with tickets available by visiting eventbrite.com. All members of the community are invited and welcome to attend. The Summit Wrestling Club LLC is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible, in full or in part, according to the laws of the Internal Revenue Service.
The Summit Wrestling Club (SWC) helps to fund all three levels of wrestling in Summit -- youth, middle school and high school -- as the middle and high schools programs are only partially funded by the Summit Public School District,
The Club's purpose is to provide after-school, community-based wrestling programs for youth at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Summit and its surrounding communities in Central and Northern New Jersey.
The SWC provides training in wrestling techniques, promotes community interest in wrestling, and supports wrestling programs in the public schools of Summit and its surrounding communities.
The Summit Elks Lodge is located at 40 Maple Street.