The mission of the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club* (SKWC) is to support Rutgers University’s wrestling program and enhance the ability of fans to experience an elite level of wrestling and entertainment. The SKWC operates a number of programs and initiatives in pursuit of this mission. The three main functions of the SKWC are:
- Local Sports Club
– Under NCAA definitions, a local sports club may be operated at a college’s facilities for K-12 participants within 50 miles of campus. The SKWC boasts an elite K-12 wrestling club spear-headed by head coach Joe Pollard that operates year-round out of the Rutgers wrestling room. More information may be found here.
- SKWC, Inc
– There are thousands of passionate fans of Rutgers Wrestling. The SKWC serves as a way to organize and inform those passionate fans while giving them a direct way to support the program. Members of the SKWC have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that directly impact Rutgers student athletes daily since the organizations inception in 2011. To learn more about membership, click here.
- Olympic Regional Training Center
– In the last decade, the national governing body of wrestling in the United States (USA Wrestling) began recognizing Regional Training Centers as a way to promote senior level wrestling and give a wider pool of athletes a way to train without relocating to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A number of these RTC’s have naturally sprouted up at NCAA institutions, as collegiate athletes graduated but continued to pursue senior level wrestling careers while training on campus. In 2016, members of the Rutgers and Princeton wrestling communities joined together to pool resources, creating the New Jersey Regional Training Center. Under the direction of Head RTC Coach Reece Humphrey, the NJRTC practices on both the Rutgers and Princeton campuses on a rotating basis. The SKWC is responsible for sponsoring athletes who wish to live and train in the New Brunswick area, competing under the NJRTC banner. To learn more about these athletes, click here.
*In 2011, the IRS approved SKWC as a tax-exempt, charitable, educational organization in accordance with IRS code Section 501(c)3.