Easton Mayor Sal Panto was present to announce the donation to the community center (Photo courtesy of Easton Community Center).
Various Groups Partner to Donate New Sports Equipment to Facility
Waterbucket Media, in partnership with the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA), Embassy Bank and Dollamur Sports Surfaces, officially announced at a press conference on Thursday a major donation of sports equipment to the Easton Community Center. Among the items being given to the facility included a $9,000 wrestling mat for the Easton Community Center Wrestling Team, which will replace a 20-year-old predecessor.
"We've struggled with the mat for a long time,” said Anita Mitchell, Executive Director of the Easton Community Center. “This is the first year in three years that we were able to host a wrestling match at home. It made a difference in team moral and a difference in spirit. Thanks to (Waterbucket Media President) Jim Jennings and his team for linking us with Embassy Bank and the NHSCA."
Also on hand today for the media event was Easton Mayor Sal Panto, who commented on the significance of the donation.
“This new mat is important for the safety of our young wrestlers, and it comes at a time when the center can least afford to purchase a new one,” he remarked. “Thank you to all of the individuals who made this happen.”
Playing a prominent role in this gift was Bob Ferraro, the Senior Founder and CEO of the NHSCA, who trained in the Easton Community Center when he was a young athlete.
"The National High School Coaches Association is proud to be a part of providing a new mat for the Easton Community Center, formerly known as St. Anthony's Community Center,” he stated. “I got my start here as a wrestler, and there has been many Pennsylvania champions who have gone through this program."
The donation of equipment to the Easton Community Center would not have been possible without assistance from Embassy Bank, a regional financial chain located in the Lehigh Valley. Present at the press conference today was its President Dave Lobach, who showed much pride in taking part in the contribution.
“Embassy Bank is proud to support the Easton Community Center wrestling program,” he confirmed. “We are honored to be the first corporate sponsor to make a donation in order to make this new mat a reality for the children. It is just this kind of program that helps our children today build a brighter tomorrow."
The origin of the wrestling mat donated today can be traced to All-American Wrestling Supply and Dollamur Sports Surfaces, which is a rapidly growing mat production company.
“All-American Wrestling Supply and Dollamur Sports Surfaces are happy to work with this organization and help grow the great sport of wrestling in this area,” said Joe Miller, Vice President of Dollamur Sports Surfaces. “Pennsylvania is home to some of the most elite wrestling in the country, and our two companies are thrilled about this new sponsorship going forward.”
Founded in 1953, the Easton Community Center has a rich tradition within the region. The facility is a non-profit social services center located in the West Ward Neighborhood of Easton, and its programs provide a variety of activities to members of the surrounding community. Among the prominent figures who have frequented the Easton Community Center include former Heavyweight World Champion Larry Holmes, Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler Bobby Weaver, as well as Mayor Panto.
For additional information on the Easton Community Center, visit its official Facebook page or give the facility a call at (610) 253-8271.