The event, which was hosted by Beat the Streets in New York City, featured wrestlers from the United States, Iran and Russia. It was a headline competition during World Wrestling Month, receiving worldwide media coverage as part of the Keep Olympic Wrestling effort. Over $1 million was raised for youth wrestling activities at the Beat the Streets Gala held alongside the event. The two dual meets were broadcast live nationally by NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports Network. The other two nominees are the Italian Federation of Sport Climbing, which is using climbing programs to spur economic development in Africa, and the Oceania Football Confederation, which created the “Just Play” program for 6-12 year old youth in 11 Pacific countries. “USA Wrestling is truly honored to be selected as a finalist for the Sport Organization of the Year as part of the prestigious Peace and Sport Awards program. The Rumble On The Rails event is an example of the kind of international cooperation and friendship which is fostered through wrestling. We wish to recognize the Russian and Iranian wrestling federations for partnering with USA Wrestling at this historic competition. Thanks also go out to Beat the Streets New York, and all within the American wrestling family, who worked so hard to make this a major success,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. On its website, Peace and Sport posted the following information on why USA Wrestling was chosen as a finalist for this prestigious award: USA Wrestling “Rumble on the Rails” is a leading example of different countries working together to protect a threatened sporting discipline. While diplomatic relations between their respective governments remain taut, the wrestling federations of the USA, Iran and Russia came together to participate in “Rumble on the Rails,” a wrestling competition held in New York in May 2013. Their cooperation demonstrates the power of sport to unite people. The Peace and Sport Awards Ceremony is held each year during the Gala Evening of the Peace and Sport International Forum. The Peace and Sport Awards reward initiatives and people who have outstandingly contributed to peace and social stability in the world through sport.
Marc USA taps Jerry Thompson to expand PR practice
If the point of the United States mens national team World Cup qualifier against Jamaica was ultimately to retain the winning momentum towards next summers bonanza in Brazil, with the Americans having already secured their berth there, it was just as well that they achieved it with their 2-0 win in Kansas City on Friday. Because they had little else to show for a game that was equally an opportunity to build depth, tinker with an alternative formation and find a familiarity and rhythm. If the result was ultimately respectable, courtesy of two late goals by Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore, the performance was nevertheless a far cry from the United States larger body of work during qualifying in terms of both the creation of chances and entertainment. Other than a ball that US defender Brad Evans nearly bundled over his own line before clearing it early and a very late Theo Robinson look, Jamaica forged no real chances. The US, meanwhile, produced a mere handful of only somewhat promising looks, mostly emanating from full debutant Aron Johannsson, before a late offensive burst put the game away. No serious threats to breach Jamaicas goal materialized until Zusi found Alejandro Bedoya up the right in the 77th minute. His low cross was deflected back into Zusis path for the hometown hero to slip past goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr. Some four minutes later, a Jamaican clearance rolled right into the feet of the streaking substitute left back Edgar Castillo, who calmly picked out the wide-open Altidore in front of goal, who doubled the score. That was really all the good news for the Americans on the night though. Bereft of several regulars like wide player Fabian Johnson, central defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Eddie Johnson, not to mention orchestrators Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had hoped that the drop-off to their replacements would be small. Hed been hammering home the importance of depth and competition for positions for his two years and change in charge, after all. RED, WHITE AND BLUE USA supporters steal the show in win over Jamaica in Kansas City. But Mix Diskerud wasnt able to replicate Bradleys distribution, nor could he establish much of a partnership with Jermaine Jones in central midfield.
Thompson is joining the ad agency in the newly-created position of executive vice president, director of public relations. Thompson most recently was at Ketchum Public Relations, where he led Ketchum Energy, the agency’s global energy industry consulting group. Thompson’s background in the energy and tech sectors was a factor in Marc USA’s decision to bring him on board. Marc USA CEO Michele Fabrizi said Thompson’s “deep experience” in these areas would help the ad agency expand in those categories. Thompson said his decision to move to Marc USA was based, at least in part, on the agency having “fully broken down the marketing discipline silos to provide clients with seamless solutions across all channels,” Added Thompson: “Clients want and need to take advantage of the full range of earned, owned, shared and paid media.” Over the course of his career, Thompson has counseled a range of clients, including FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Alcoa and Heinz. Thompson hold a B.S. in communication and journalism from Indiana State University. Marc USA has offices in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Miami, and employs more than 200 people. The agency’s annual billings are in excess of $320 million. Related links: