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May 30, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia wrestling team and the Friends of the UVa Wrestling Program teamed together to help raise $1,850 in a fund raising event for the Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The fund raiser was established by the UVa wrestling program by challenging a pool of individuals to pledge money for wins recorded by the Virginia wrestling team during the 2000-2001 season. Proceeds from the fund raising event went to the JDRF recipients. In all, total pledges made by the Friends of UVa Wrestling Program reached nearly $4,000. Both parties then split the total amount of money which was raised.

The Cavaliers’ commitment and involvement with the fund raising event was viewed as huge success. “We greatly appreciate the effort and partnership of the Virginia wrestling program to help us raise the funds needed for our mission to cure diabetes,” said Nancy Castrina, Executive Director of the Central Virginia Chapter of the JDRF.

This was the first time the Virginia wrestling program joined hands with JDRF in an effort to cure diabetes. “From the beginning, we knew it was a win-win situation for both UVa wrestling and the JDRF,” said Virginia head wrestling coach Lenny Bernstein. “We have donors out there who felt strongly about this fund raiser. We took advantage of a team effort with the help of their support, which allowed us to participate in this cause.”

The Virginia wrestling team finished the 2000-2001 season with a dual match record of 6-8 overall, 2-2 in the ACC.

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