To kick off their 20th year, Independent Wrestling Federation partners with Nutley Chamber of Commerce for ‘Freedom to Wrestle’ contest saluting Military Veterans. Two professional wrestling training scholarships for Veterans will be awarded at the nationally-accredited IWF Wrestling School in Nutley, NJ, with a male and female selected. In addition, the winners take part in a special Meet & Greet with WWE Superstar Darren Young, an IWF Wrestling School graduate.
Kevin Knight, a 20-year IWF professional wrestler, will teach the Veterans all the moves needed to be successful in the sports-entertainment industry.
“Men and women from all walks of life travel to Nutley daily in the hopes of becoming a WWE Superstar,” said Kevin Knight, head coach at IWF Wrestling School. “The military keeps us free so our aspiring grapplers can pursue their dreams. Now, IWF gives back and provides a special opportunity for Veterans.”
FOX News contributor Steven Rogers, a Township of Nutley Commissioner and Board of Education member, Senior Military Intelligence Officer, and retired Lieutenant Commander of United States Navy Reserves, stated, “Kevin Knight is a role model for every American patriot in this nation. He continues to do his part to provide our Veterans opportunities to move forward. This is a program that should be duplicated nationwide. As a Veteran, I salute IWF.”
Kim Mulligan from WDHA-FM Radio, and Bert Baron from WCTC-AM Radio select the winners. The vets will be included in 20th Annual IWF LOUD ‘n’ PROUD Live Event April 8, 2017 to benefit Relay For Life, and receive nutritional products from Clinical Sports Labs.
“Veterans are some of the most inspiring men and women around,” said Kim Mulligan, host of The Morning Jolt on WDHA. “IWF’s commitment to Veterans and the community is so genuine. I’m grateful to be involved with this program.”
“These heroes put their own dreams on hold to defend the very freedoms we enjoy each and every day,” said Bert Baron, host of Jersey Central on WCTC. “I can’t think of a more fitting way to say ‘thank you’ then to afford them this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Clinical Sports Labs CEO Michael Carrubba stated, “Clinical Sports Labs realizes and appreciates the tremendous commitment it takes to serve your Country in the Armed Forces, which is why we are supporting this cause to reward our Veterans.”
IWF Heavyweight Champion Fifth Element Roman Zachary, and IWF American Champion Golden Boy Michael Cammett will assist in coaching the Veterans.
“The Nutley Chamber of Commerce is always supportive of our Veterans,” said Daniel Leon, Chamber President and longtime community leader. “We are pleased to help provide them with exciting opportunities within the Township of Nutley.”
Veterans from New Jersey and the New York City area are eligible and can apply by October 28
. Military ID and proof of service required. Winners to be selected November 1
. IWF will also donate a limited number of Live Event tickets to applicants.
IWF trains prospects from 20 states and nine countries who compete in matches across the world. 39 IWF graduates received WWE tryouts with 11 gaining full-time employment.
IWF produces Live Events where students showcase skills for family and friends, and hosts Birthday Parties where guests are treated to dinner and a show. For information, visit CampIWF.com, or find IWF on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram @WrestlingIWF.