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Varnum Attorney Helps Kids ‘Beat the Streets’ with Youth Wrestling Program

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February 8, 2017

Varnum attorney Fermin Mendez was recently featured in a television segment on Detroit's WXYZ Channel 7, regarding his volunteer work with Beat the Streets youth wrestling program.

The segment is part of the station's "Taking Action for Detroit" series and is available on YouTube.

Mendez, a corporate attorney who works with startup companies and entrepreneurial ventures, is a coach in the program that serves youths ages 7 to 14 in Southwest Detroit. Beat the Streets teaches boys and girls the sport of wrestling, provides tutoring and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, and teaches students about healthy lifestyles.

"We provide a safe environment for children to become involved in the sport of wrestling, where they can learn the skills needed for a successful life while having fun," said Mendez, who has served as a volunteer coach for the past two years.

Mendez, who wrestled at Harvard while an undergrad, joined Varnum after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015. While in law school he also served as an assistant wrestling coach for Southfield High School.

"The sport of wrestling has given me so much: wonderful mentors and friends, discipline, tenacity, and pride," Mendez noted. "Wrestling made me a gracious winner (and loser) and, more importantly, a more compassionate person. Beat the Streets Detroit is a gem of a program in that it provides children exposure to mentors and opportunities they may not otherwise have."

Beat the Streets aims to improve the lives and potential of inner-city student athletes through the benefits and skills acquired by participating in amateur wrestling. The program is offered in several Detroit locations, including Patton Park Recreation Center, Warren-Lincoln, Mumford High School, and Williams Recreation Center. 

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