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It was a headline competition during World Wrestling Month, receiving worldwide media coverage as part of the Keep Olympic Wrestling effort. Over $1 million was raised for youth wrestling activities at the Beat the Streets Gala held alongside the event. The two dual meets were broadcast live nationally by NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports Network. The other two nominees are the Italian Federation of Sport Climbing, which is using climbing programs to spur economic development in Africa, and the Oceania Football Confederation, which created the “Just Play” program for 6-12 year old youth in 11 Pacific countries. “USA Wrestling is truly honored to be selected as a finalist for the Sport Organization of the Year as part of the prestigious Peace and Sport Awards program. The Rumble On The Rails event is an example of the kind of international cooperation and friendship which is fostered through wrestling. We wish to recognize the Russian and Iranian wrestling federations for partnering with USA Wrestling at this historic competition. Thanks also go out to Beat the Streets New York, and all within the American wrestling family, who worked so hard to make this a major success,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. On its website, Peace and Sport posted the following information on why USA Wrestling was chosen as a finalist for this prestigious award: USA Wrestling “Rumble on the Rails” is a leading example of different countries working together to protect a threatened sporting discipline. While diplomatic relations between their respective governments remain taut, the wrestling federations of the USA, Iran and Russia came together to participate in “Rumble on the Rails,” a wrestling competition held in New York in May 2013. Their cooperation demonstrates the power of sport to unite people.

Marc USA taps Jerry Thompson to expand PR practice

Once again, the spotlight shines brightly over the state of Kentucky. Ushering in perhaps the greatest recruiting class of all-time boasting six McDonald’s All-Americans Calipari’s reloaded Kentucky team is positioned to get back to title form. The heavily-favored Wildcats should again earn a high preseason ranking thanks to an influx of talent, including returning sophomores and de facto veterans Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, to go “40-0” as Calipari isn’t shy in suggesting . Louisville coach Rick Pitino, right, shakes hands with Kentucky coach John Calipari. (Photo: David J. Phillip, AP) Although there were plenty of surprises in last season’s NCAA tournament Florida Gulf Coast Sweet 16 finish, Wichita State’s Final Four run to name two the college hoops season had an unsurprising ending: With a defensively dominant Louisville team cutting down the nets. The defending champion Cardinals will look to become the first team since Florida (2006 & 2007) to repeat as national champions. That mission is certainly possible as Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino returns a nucleus that’s led by All-American Russ Smith. And though Kentucky’s recruiting class wins in quantity, perennial top 10 teams Kansas and Duke bring in the top overall freshmen in Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, respectively. FLORIDA: Gators enter 2013-14 under cloud of uncertainty Michigan State returns arguably the most talent of any team in the country, with Gary Harris and Adreian Payne skipping the early NBA exit route to make Tom Izzo’s Spartans arguably the best preseason team in the country. Additionally, top returning players Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and Aaron Craft (Ohio State) all give their teams top 10 potential.


Thompson is joining the ad agency in the newly-created position of executive vice president, director of public relations. Thompson most recently was at Ketchum Public Relations, where he led Ketchum Energy, the agency’s global energy industry consulting group. Thompson’s background in the energy and tech sectors was a factor in Marc USA’s decision to bring him on board. Marc USA CEO Michele Fabrizi said Thompson’s “deep experience” in these areas would help the ad agency expand in those categories. Thompson said his decision to move to Marc USA was based, at least in part, on the agency having “fully broken down the marketing discipline silos to provide clients with seamless solutions across all channels,” Added Thompson: “Clients want and need to take advantage of the full range of earned, owned, shared and paid media.” Over the course of his career, Thompson has counseled a range of clients, including FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Alcoa and Heinz. Thompson hold a B.S. in communication and journalism from Indiana State University. Marc USA has offices in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Miami, and employs more than 200 people. The agency’s annual billings are in excess of $320 million. Related links: