The Nassau County Police Department along with Nassau Community College, Friends of Long Island Wrestling and The Nassau County Police Foundation will be holding a Press Briefing regarding:
Announcement of “Wrestling Takes Down Drugs Day” on February 16, 2019
Location of briefing:
Nassau Community College Field House Gym
1 Education Dr.
Garden City, NY
Date & Time of Briefing:
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Briefing Conducted by:
County Executive Laura Curran
Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder
NCC VP for Academic Student Services Maria P. Corzatti
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman
Executive Director, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lee Roy Smith
Executive Director, National Wrestling Coaches Association Mike Moyer
National Hall of Fame Member, FOLIW member Kevin Murphy
Wrestling Takes Down Drugs (WTDD) Program Summary:
The Friends of Long Island Wrestling (FOLIW) is a non-profit 501c3 organization that was started in 1990 and has grown to over 11,000 members. It has been serving communities in Metro/ Long Island area for over 25 years by supporting wrestling programs in our schools and neighborhoods, in order to help build the personal characteristics in our youth such as self-discipline, perseverance, and self-confidence.
In order to help address the growing opioid and drug epidemic that is sweeping the country, The Friends of Long Island Wrestling has partnered with the Nassau County Police Department and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame to introduce the Wrestling Takes Down Drugs (WTDD) program, sponsored by the Nassau County Police Foundation, which benefits local wrestling programs in coordination with local drug prevention and counseling programs in order to strengthen the communities in which we live.
Chris Weidman – Former UFC Middleweight Champion; Collegiate Wrestling All-American
Chris Weidman is a former NY State Wrestling Champion, a National Junior College and Div I All-American, UFC Middleweight Champion, and co-owner, instructor and operator of his own Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Chris was a 2-time All-American wrestler while attending Nassau Community College, and later transferred to Hofstra University where he was a 2-time Div. I All-American in 2006 and 2007. After shifting his focus to mixed martial arts, he earned a shot at a title bout as an undefeated challenger and became the first fighter in UFC history to defeat reigning champion Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title. He went on to defend his championship belt three times in a row. Chris has kept his wrestling roots by teaching both High School wrestlers and Youth wrestlers at his LAW MMA facility. He has won several Fighter-of-the-Year Awards in MMA, and was recently selected to be inducted in the National Junior College Hall of Fame.
Kevin Murphy – Executive Board Member, Friends of Long Island Wrestling
Kevin Murphy is a former Wall Street managing director, high school and collegiate wrestling champion, speaker, coach, and author of the book The Three Rooms. During his 33-year career at Citigroup, Kevin served on the Board of Directors of multiple option exchanges and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cboe Global Market’s six U.S. securities exchanges. Following his college wrestling career, he has served as a youth wrestling coach on Long Island for over 30 years. His lifetime service to the sport of wrestling led to his induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Friends of Long Island Wrestling, and has spear-headed the Wrestling Takes Down Drugs campaign which is designed to build self-esteem in students through the sport of wrestling, in order to help aid in the prevention of drug addiction for the next generation of young people.
Lee Roy Smith – Executive Director, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Lee Roy smith is a former NCAA National Champion, USA World Silver Medalist, accomplished collegiate coach, and a true ambassador for wrestling throughout the globe. Lee Roy wrestled at Oklahoma State University from 1977-80, where he was a four-time conference champion. He won the NCAA wrestling Championship at 142 pounds in 1980 and he is ranked among the top 50 Oklahoma State wrestlers in terms of winning percentage (88.55%). Internationally, Smith won the silver medal at the 1983 World Championships. From 1992-2001, Smith served as head wrestling coach at Arizona State where he was recognized four times as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He also served as National Freestyle Coach for USA Wrestling from 1989-1992. In 2004, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Mike Moyer – Executive Director, National Wrestling Coaches Association
Mike Moyer is a former collegiate wrestler, coach, administrator and fundraiser, who has been instrumental in the development of leadership and citizenship in young people through the sport of wrestling. Following a highly successful wrestling career at West Chester State College, Mike began his ten year coaching career at George Mason University in which he advanced 27 wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Since 1999, he has served as the Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting the sport of amateur and collegiate wrestling. Through his leadership, the NWCA has grown their membership from 1,700 to 10,000 members and helped to establish 69 new intercollegiate wrestling programs over the past decade. Moyer also serves on the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and USA Wrestling Boards. In 2010, Mike was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with the Lifetime
Service to Wrestling Award.
Maria Conzatti – VP for Academic Student Services, Nassau Community College Representative
Maria Conzatti is the Vice-President for Academic Student Services at Nassau Community College. During her 28+year career at Nassau, Maria has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College Consortium for International Studies. V.P Conzatti is responsible for the full athletic program at NCC and currently oversees 28 different athletic teams, including the first woman's wrestling program on the college level in NYS.
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