Beat the Streets Des Moines was founded in 2012.
Royce Alger, president and founder, always contended. If he ever had an opportunity to give back to the sport of wrestling, he would!
BTS is designed to get kids off the streets and on to the wrestling mat! We also provide wrestling essentials, like shoes and headgear.
Beat the Streets National has member programs operating in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Providence and New York City. With the support of our donors our members programs have served and impacted over 10,000 participants since 2006. And delivered 150+ new wrestling programs in underserved communities.
We have now progressed to the point where Royce can bring himself and some other world class wrestlers to areas throughout the country that don't normally get opportunities to meet the "big names". Beat The Streets Des Moines incurs all the travel and lodging expenses. We charge little or nothing to the high schools, depending on social economics of the area. We have been to downtown Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, NYC, and Tucson with 200+ kids. As soon as COVID abates, we are planning on several more BTS GO events. (We have two planned for the Tucson area in Nov and Dec.)
"I remember as a wrestling youngster, I could NEVER afford to go see the top level wrestlers. The reason being was, only the establishments who paid top dollar could afford to 'obtain' the top wrestlers. Even a day clinic would cost anywhere from $50-$100. I want the kids of today to be able to see the world class wrestlers without breaking their parents pocket book." ~ Royce Alger
Royce and some Ottumwa kids during a clinic.
The Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling Team took gold during the 1994 Big Ten Tournament while Alger was assistant coach.
Royce Alger in his heyday at the University of Iowa.