On Saturday, February 3rd, Legislator Steven J. Flotteron joined other local officials, members
of Bay Shore School’s administration, students and families in recognizing
young wrestlers in the High School Gymnasium. The new auxiliary gym was renamed
after the wrestling team co-founder, Jumper Leggio. The Bay Shore Kid Wrestling program was honored for its outstanding
example to other youth clubs across the country. The wrestling program
was the first of its kind in New York State, from which other programs grew. Before
other areas began forming their own organizations, people would come from all
over to learn how to wrestle in Bay Shore.
Bay Shore Kid Wrestling
was founded in 1961 by life-long Bay Shore residents, Jumper Leggio and Bill
Knapp. Their charter was later used by the United States Wrestling Federation
to create youth clubs across the country. Bay Shore Kid Wrestling, and those
involved in its development and growth, has been instrumental in shaping the
lives of thousands of children who passed through the program.