USA Wrestling supports Jack Pinto initiative for youth sports

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USA Wrestling will support and promote a national youth sports initiative called “Jack Pinto… Getting Kids in the Game” campaign, which benefits the non-profit organization KIDS in the GAME (KITG).

The campaign honors the short, but inspiring life of six-year-old Jack Pinto who lost his life in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Active in a number of sports, Pinto was a wrestler with the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association, a USA Wrestling club in his hometown.

Jack's parents, Tricia and Dean Pinto, selected KIDS in the GAME, and helped launch a national awareness and fundraising campaign, which is dedicated to providing underprivileged children across America with the resources they need to get in the game and thrive in life through sports.

USA Wrestling is announcing its partnership in support of the “Jack Pinto… Getting Kids in the Game” initiative during the week of the Jack Pinto Cup, an international Greco-Roman dual-meet event which will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., January 25. This is the second year in which this international event hosted by USA Wrestling has honored wrestler Jack Pinto.

“USA Wrestling is pleased to support KIDS in the GAME and its effort to provide sports opportunities to deserving youth across the nation. We feel that it is very appropriate to initiate our promotion of the “Jack Pinto… Getting Kids in the Game” initiative during the week of the Jack Pinto Cup Greco-Roman wrestling event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. We have chosen to honor the life of wrestler Jack Pinto at this event, and we are proud to sponsor a new program for kids that is endorsed by Jack’s parents,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to partner with USA Wrestling to continue our initiative designed to honor Jack Pinto. As we raise more awareness and funds we will have the opportunity to get even more underprivileged kids active and into sports in Jack’s honor. We are excited to get more youth into wrestling and look forward to a long partnership with USA Wrestling,” said Natalie Hummel, Executive Director and Co-Founder of KITG.

“The KIDS in the GAME team is doing incredible work and it felt natural for us to partner with them to honor Jack's memory and his love of play through efforts to help youth. It is our hope that others will consider giving in Jack's honor to celebrate his love of sports and play, and help give underprivileged kids across this country an opportunity to enjoy sports like he did. We appreciate USA Wrestling’s support of this campaign,” said Jack's parents, Dean and Tricia Pinto.

Contributions can be made in honor of Jack by visiting the "Jack Pinto . . . Getting Kids in the Game" donation page at: