Wrestling and Cultural Exchange

Team picture with the Sliven team, Casco Bay Elite and coaches.

Picture with Team Sliven, Casco Bay Elite and coaches.

In April 2016 wrestlers, coaches and parents from the Casco Bay Elite Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling team embarked on a wrestling and cultural excursion to Bulgaria.

We met Bulgarian coaches and wrestlers who treated us like long lost brothers. They welcomed us into their clubs and wrestling rooms, generously sharing their wrestling knowledge. They trained with us and competed against us with a spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.

We toured Plovdiv, our home base and one of the oldest cities in Europe. We explored the ancient Roman ruins in the resort town of Hisarya and visited the nearly 1000 year old Bachkovo Monastery. We saw Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, and small towns on our travels. We ate local food and got a taste for how our fellow wrestlers live and train on a daily basis.

Our experience was so amazing we have decided to create a true exchange that allows Bulgarian wrestlers and coaches to experience US wrestling and culture. Our club has invited a team of Bulgarian coaches and wrestlers to visit us in Maine during April 2017. We hope this will be the beginning of an ongoing wrestling and cultural exchange that will enrich the lives of wrestlers from Maine and Bulgaria.

We are currently raising money to fund meals, lodging and transportation for our guests. If you would like to help, please see several options below or feel free to contact us with any questions and ideas. First, a HUGE thank you to our sponsors. These folks make the Exchange a reality. Their love of wrestling and faith in the power of bringing people together are what this Exchange is all about!

Yankee Ford – www.yankeeford.com

Master Services Inc. Commercial Cleaning Services – (207) 239-7658

Storage Realty – www.storagerealty.net

Insight Custom Publishing – www.insightcustom.com

ASAP Taxi – www.asaptaxi.net

Sparkling Clean Cleaning Services – www.sparklingcleanme.com

CCS Trucking Group Inc – 207-766-6268

Coffman Realty

Convenient MD

 

DONATE: If you would like to make a personal donation to help fund the Exchange, please use the Donate button below and your donation will be processed through PayPal. All donations will be used for food, housing, and transportation for the Bulgarian wrestlers and coaches.


 

SPONSOR: If you would like to be an Exchange Sponsor, please download this information sheet that includes the origins of the Exchange, an travel itinerary and sponsorship options.

Bulgaria Exchange – Sponsors Info

Sponsorship Information

 

PARTICIPATE: If you would like to participate in our Freestyle & Greco Training Camp with the Bulgarian team and coaches, download this information sheet. Your registration fee for the camp will help pay for the team’s meals, housing and transportation.

Bulgaria Exchange – Training Camp

 

Read our travel blog from the trip:

old plovdiv

www.portlandyouthwrestling.com/category/bulgaria/

 

Check out pictures from our trip: