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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 22, 2021 04:23 PM
From: Senator Scott Martin
To: All Senate members
Subject: March 21, 2021 - Pennsylvania Girls Wrestling Day
In the near future, I will introduce a resolution that both designates March 21, 2021 as Pennsylvania Girls Wrestling Day and supports the “SanctionPA” movement here in the Commonwealth. 
For the past five years, girls wrestling has been the fastest growing high school sport in the country. In Pennsylvania, female participation in the sport has increased by approximately 100% during this time period. However, currently the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) does not officially recognize girls wrestling as a high school sport. Their stated position is the desire to have at least 100 schools sponsor a girls team before it can be officially sanctioned and a PIAA Girls Wrestling State Championship is created. That challenge has been accepted. 
The Pennsylvania Girls High School Wrestling Task Force has organized a grassroots effort dubbed “SanctionPA” in order to accomplish this goal. “SanctionPA” is a movement which has earned the support of groups from all over the country. These include Wrestle like A Girl, Pennsylvania USA Wrestling, Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association, National Wrestling Coaches Association, National High School Coaches Association and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Now it’s time for the Pennsylvania Senate to support these efforts as well. 
Wrestling is an amazing sport that has withstood the test of time.  Pennsylvania has been a leader with a rich history of being the premier boys wrestling State in America, producing more eventual All-Americans collegiately than any other.  Without question, with the sanctioning of girls wrestling in the Commonwealth, we can keep building our rich wrestling tradition. We can also all look forward to seeing more girls take advantage of the opportunities associated with the sport that allow individuals to achieve great success in Pennsylvania and in life.
I ask for your support by co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR37