Social Impact

The J7 training philosophy guides the curriculum at our Intensive Camps. Practicing these seven positive character traits—Discipline, Dedication, Sacrifice, Hard Work, Responsibility, Accountability, and Service—in the context of sport empowers wrestlers to build a foundation for success that lasts a lifetime. We teach the first six by challenging wrestlers to overcome physical and mental stress, and by weaving constant reminders of each theme into wrestling practices and speaking seminars. 

The seventh requires a different approach. Service, just like the other six, is a learned skill that must be practiced in order for it to become a habit. However, we can't actively practice it each day at camp. So, in order to teach the intrinsic value of service to our campers, we take a two-fold approach: 1) philanthropic leadership by example, and 2) participation opportunities.

Read below to learn more about JROB's social impact.
Sue Rubens in PeruSince 2011, JROB has partnered with Smile Network International (SNI), a Minnesota-based nonprofit humanitarian organization, to raise funds for life-changing facial surgery to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries. SNI funds surgical missions and provides necessary supplies needed to repair birth defects, with a focus on cleft lips, cleft palates, and other conditions requiring surgical intervention such as burns, tumors or other genetic defects. The surgeries are free of charge and are available to children who would otherwise go untreated.

We place a donation box at each Intensive Camp and encourage campers to give throughout camp. Our company then matches their donations dollar-for-dollar, resulting in donations totaling $53,935 since 2011. The cost of each surgery is approximately $500, so our campers' donations and our company's matching gifts have funded at least 87 surgeries in the last five years. On September 30, 2017, J Robinson was honored by SNI as a recipient of the “Champion of Hope Award.”

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The gallery below shows pre- and post-operative photos from SNI missions to Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and India that JROB donations helped to fund. Thank you to our campers for making these, and many more, life-changing surgeries possible.

 

J Robinson Wrestling ClassicEach February, JROB Wrestling Camps, in partnership with Saint Thomas Academy, hosts an annual youth wrestling tournament, the J Robinson Wrestling Classic.

Launched in 2018, all proceeds from the tournament are donated to United Heroes League, a Minnesota-based charity that makes it financially possible for children in military families to participate in and experience athletic competition.

In the two years since the tournament's inception, we have raised more than $20,000.

 

In 2016, we launched the JROB Community Service Award. By performing 25 or more hours of community service, wrestlers receive a $300 discount to any JROB Intensive Camp. This opportunity introduces young athletes to the value of community service, and allows them to take an active role in the camp investment.

Since this initiative was launched, more than 80 wrestlers have volunteered with schools, libraries, hospitals, shelters, food pantries and kitchens, group homes, Special Olympics, adaptive sports initiatives, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and much more, for a total of more than 2,000 hours of community service.

 

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