It is almost always beneficial to get into a sport like wrestling early on.

The problem is, it’s not always the most economically beneficial sport for some families. With all the costs that go into it, it’s hard for some kids to keep up with the program.

That’s where the Independence Youth Wrestling Club and coach Bill Jones come in.

It is almost always beneficial to get into a sport like wrestling early on.
The problem is, it’s not always the most economically beneficial sport for some families. With all the costs that go into it, it’s hard for some kids to keep up with the program.
That’s where the Independence Youth Wrestling Club and coach Bill Jones come in.
“Some of the families just can’t afford [to be in the club],” Jones said. “We hate to see when a kid just can’t be a part of this because they can’t afford it, so we try to help them out.”
That help comes in the form of an annual raffle the club puts on every year.
This year, however, the raffle didn’t pull in as much help as the club was hoping for. So the organization came up with another plan.
“We’re kind of doubling down and putting on this golf tournament to raise some more money,” Jones said.
The Independence Youth Wrestling Club is partnering with Grain Valley Grapplers, a Grain Valley youth wrestling club, to put on the inaugural Grapplers Golf Tournament.
The tournament will be Friday, Aug. 21, with a 2 p.m. shotgun start at Shamrock Hills Golf Course in Lee’s Summit. The cost is $65 for advanced registration, or $70 for event day registration, which includes green fees, a cart, beverage tickets and a raffle ticket for door prizes. Check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m.
“It’s just something to help out the kids and kind of defray some of the costs that go into the club,” Jones said.
The Independence Youth Wrestling Club invites area youth, ages 5-14, to partake in the “intricacies of folk style wrestling,” according to the Web site.
Currently there are 32 kids in the club, “up from last year,” according to Jones, all vying to increase their knowledge and skills in the sport.
Unfortunately for some families, the cost can get a little staggering.
“We’re all over the state, to Carrollton, up north to Lofton, and frequent stops in Columbia. We cross over to Kansas a few times a year. Some of our kids go to Iowa and California for some tournaments,” Jones said. “But there’s also the singlets for the kids, team T-shirts, warmups. The kids have to pay a $12-20 entry fee for each tournament. The cost gets up there.”
So the club came up with the golf benefit. Although the club has the first 10 holes sponsored, they are still looking for tee box sponsors at $100 each, as well as door prize donations, which currently include tickets to Mixed Martial Arts fights, a Plaza overflight, a stay in a hotel at the Plaza, and a possible computer.
“We’re hoping for more sponsors to open the door for us,” Jones said.
Although the tournament is being held at Shamrock Hills for this year, Jones and the two clubs are looking to alternate it between Independence and Blue Springs courses each year.
“Nobody else seemed to have the availability of a Friday afternoon, but Shamrock Hills did, so we’re holding it there this year,” Jones said.
As for Jones, he will be golfing in the tournament, but he’s not exactly expecting to shoot in the red.
“It depends on how I stack my team,” he said, laughing.”
To register, visit independenceyouthwrestling.org or gvgrappler.com. To sponsor the event, visit either Web site or contact Jones at 816-305-2928 or bjjones133@comcast.net.