canada africa partner reservation Arkansas Girls Wrestling Advocate heads to Azerbaijan

Arkansas Girls Wrestling Advocate heads to Azerbaijan


USA Wrestling Arkansas State President Kristi Mann will travel to Azerbaijan as one of the Wrestle Like a Girl exchange participants, the organization recently posted on social media. The U.S. State Department exchange will take place in May and will have the theme of empowering girls and women through sports, the post said.

Money and politics in Arkansas previously reported that Mann, who became involved in wrestling through her sons Tanner, Tyler and Tucker, is one of the state’s most vocal advocates for local, high school and college wrestling, especially girls’ wrestling, which she has lobbied for in Washington, D.C

According to WLAG, Mann has more than three decades of teaching and leadership experience in wrestling and is committed to addressing gender equality issues by spotlighting women’s leadership roles. Hoping to inspire others abroad, Mann plans to share the insights she gained during the trip through coaching, workshops and community initiatives aimed at promoting acceptance and understanding upon her return, according to WLAG.

The trip will position Mann as a bridge builder between Arkansas and Azerbaijan, using her community network to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration that can enrich both communities through shared experiences and mutual respect.

Other participants include Tarkyia Mensah, head women’s wrestling coach at Schreiner University in Texas, Chloe Ivanoff, assistant wrestling coach at Kodiak High School, Cadence Dare, founder of the Oklahoma State Cowgirl Wrestling Club Team, Krista Graff, Oklahoma’s State Chapter Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Robyn Chaney, federal program coordinator, athletic director and wrestling administration at Dillingham City School District in Alaska, Nicole Tyson, head women’s wrestling coach at Oklahoma City University, Ed Lester, principal and head coach at Newhalen School in Alaska, and Poorna Babu , captain of the Texas Woman’s University wrestling team.

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