Local Celebrities, Residents To Get A Grip
Arm wrestling competition to benefit SCV Youth Project.
Biceps will bulge, tendons will tighten, and champions will be crowned this weekend as the SCV Youth Project hosts the 2nd Annual Pull for the Kids Arm Wrestling Challenge. Professionals, amateurs, and first-timers will converge on the Residence Inn on The Old Road November 14 for a wrist-warping tournament-style competition.
Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with the competition beginning at 1 p.m. Professional referees will monitor the event.
"We are always looking for unique ways to raise awareness for the Youth Project, while
creating fun events for the community" said Kim Goldman, executive director for the SCV Youth Project. "When John Burgeson came to us with this idea, we jumped on it. Arm wrestling is something we have all done, so why not make it an event out of it? We have invited city officials, law enforcement, local business owners and the junior high and high schools to challenge each other."
John Burgeson, producer of the event, is a local businessman and competitive arm wrestler himself, having won events at the state, national, and international levels. He is the current president of the Professional Arm Wrestling Conference and a commentator for ESPN2.
Also present will be Arm Wrestling Hall of Fame member John "The Perfect Storm" Brzenk, who will be available for questions and pictures with fans. Considered the best arm wrestler in the world, Brzenk is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and holds numerous titles in both right and left arm divisions.
Sponsorships are available for $250 to $1200. Wrestlers can enter the professional, amateur, and first-time divisions for $25; youth can enter for $5.
The SCV Youth Project provides counseling services and workshops for local teens dealing with difficult life issues such as depression, suicide, grief and loss, peer pressure, and substance abuse.