Portland Parks & Recreation Honors Legendary Peninsula Wrestling Coach Roy Pittman

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Part of Black History Month Celebration

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will honor longtime Peninsula Wrestling Club coach and North Portland icon Roy Pittman this Wednesday, February 27, from 5:30-7:30pm at Peninsula Park Community Center.

Join us as we celebrate the Peninsula Park Wrestling program and honor the legendary coach Pittman as part of our Black History Month celebration.

WHAT: A tribute to longtime Peninsula Wrestling coach Roy Pittman

WHEN: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

WHERE: Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, east gym.

NOTES: PP&R will honor Coach Roy Pittman’s decades of efforts on behalf ofPortland’s youth. Meet Coach and the wrestlers of Peninsula Wrestling Club, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about the legendary program’s history and ways to become involved.

Focused more on the process of growth and risk-taking than on winning, Pittman has worked with over 60,000 young men and women. Many of them have won state, regional and national titles. Peninsula Wrestling Club alumna and Milwaukie High School graduate Kelsey Campbell took part in the 2012 London Olympics women’s freestyle wrestling competition.

Coach Roy Pittman, high school state champion, collegiate wrestling champion, Olympian, coach, mentor, motivator, inspirational speaker and dedicated community advocate, worked for Portland Parks & Recreation for more than 30 years. In 1970 he founded the Peninsula Wrestling Club, and helped place Portland and PP&R on the national radar. Coach Pittman retired in 2000, but stayed active with the Peninsula Wrestling Club, continuing nearly half a century of work.

It is fitting that he will be honored this week as part of the Peninsula Centennial Celebration & Black History Month.

Coach Pittman continues to rent out space from Portland Parks & Recreation to run the wrestling program.

“Coach is an inspiration to all with his tireless dedication to youth and their families,” says Debbie Harris, PP&R recreation coordinator. “He has served Portland for five decades through his unwavering inspiration to the sport of wrestling; he reaches out to all, and has made his spectacular wrestling program a nationally recognized model of excellence.”

Coach Pittman is lauded for his unwavering dedication to help youths overcome any financial, transportation or other challenges and make sure that anyone who is interested can participate in his programs.

The East Gym at Peninsula Park Community Center was dedicated and named for Coach Pittman in August of 2007.

Pittman has held wrestling practices for youth a tPeninsula Park Community Center five days a week year around. His wrestlers compete in out-of-state tournaments, and he holds an annual wrestling summer camp.

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