PRINTER'S NO. 379
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
37
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY MARTIN, MENSCH, VOGEL, BARTOLOTTA, STEFANO,
PITTMAN AND FONTANA, MARCH 10, 2021
REFERRED TO RULES AND EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS, MARCH 10, 2021
A RESOLUTION
Designating March 21, 2021, as "Pennsylvania Girls' Wrestling
Day" in Pennsylvania and acknowledging the efforts of
SanctionPA to help establish girls' wrestling as a sanctioned
sport by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic
Association.
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania has a rich history of and unrivaled
passion for wrestling as a high school sport; and
WHEREAS, Girls' wrestling has been the fastest growing high
school sport in the country over the past five years; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania high school girls' wrestling has seen
an approximately 100% increase over that same five-year time
period, according to the nonprofit organization Wrestle Like a
Girl; and
WHEREAS, The number of female wrestlers in Pennsylvania has
grown from 102 to 229 over the last year; and
WHEREAS, Female wrestling athletes represent more than 130
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) member
schools, with all 12 PIAA district areas having girls' wrestling
in their area; and
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WHEREAS, Currently, the PIAA does not recognize girls'
wrestling as an official sport; and
WHEREAS, There are currently 29 states that have officially
sanctioned girls' wrestling; and
WHEREAS, The PIAA has stated the need for at least 100 girls'
wrestling teams before they can officially sanction the sport
and create a State championship for girls' wrestling; and
WHEREAS, Nine high schools in this Commonwealth have already
established a distinct girls' wrestling team; and
WHEREAS, These high schools include J.P. McCaskey, Easton,
Executive Education Academy, North Allegheny, Central Mountain,
Governor Mifflin, Annville-Cleona, Gettysburg and Brandywine
Heights; and
WHEREAS, SanctionPA is a grassroots effort by wrestling
leaders in Pennsylvania to work toward getting girls' wrestling
as a sanctioned sport in Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, Wrestle Like A Girl, USA Wrestling, 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 have all participated as positive
collaborators in the aforementioned grassroots efforts; and
WHEREAS, Participation in wrestling on a high school level
can lead to invaluable opportunities to compete and succeed at
the collegiate level and later on in life; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate designate March 21, 2021, as
"Pennsylvania Girls' Wrestling Day" in Pennsylvania; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That the Senate acknowledge the efforts of
SanctionPA to help establish girls' wrestling as a sanctioned
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sport by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.
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