Earnhardt Jr Gappling Classic report

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic organizers donate money to CVAN. CONCORD, N.C., (Feb. 18, 2003) - The Inaugural Dale Jr. Grappling Classic was such a huge success that organizers were able to donate $2,000 from the proceeds of raffles and...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic organizers donate money to CVAN.

CONCORD, N.C., (Feb. 18, 2003) - The Inaugural Dale Jr. Grappling Classic was such a huge success that organizers were able to donate $2,000 from the proceeds of raffles and auctions held throughout the Jiu Jitsu tournament on January 25th at the Cabarrus County Arena to CVAN, a domestic violence service for women. The planning committees are currently working on the plans for any future events.

"We're happy with the results from the first tournament," Kelley Earnhardt, of JR Motorsports said. "There are some things that we need to change for next year, but we think this inaugural event went off without any major snares. Everyone pitched in and did a great job working the event.

"We have already been together and brainstormed some great ideas for things to do for a tournament next year," Earnhardt continued. "If we do this again, then we think we can make it even bigger and better than it already was. We had a tremendous turnout for the first event, but hope that we can grow this every year we do it. We are happy to give the money to CVAN and recognize them for all they do for our community. Hopefully we made more people aware of what an impact domestic violence has on women who surround us everyday."

Dale Jr., who brought along his posse of friends to see the action, enjoyed the event from the suites above the grandstands at the Cabarrus Arena. Earnhardt Jr, also had the privilege of meeting several of the competitors that afternoon while watching the action live from beside the mats on the floor area.

"There was a lot more involved in this competition that I had ever thought," Earnhardt Jr., said. "It was cool to see first hand what these guys, women and children have to do to make it through one of these tournaments. The children wanted to win just as bad as the adults did. Some of the fights went on and on because the competition was so close. The fans would go wild in the stands yelling for their favorite grappler. All in all, the event went well. We enjoyed watching the stiff competition and the superfights at the end of the night.

"The competitors were so intense about their next fight," Earnhardt Jr., continued. "Man they think we're intense when it comes to racing, everyone should watch one of these competitions and see how intense it gets. Those guys had this look on their face that was all about the win. You have to admire each person who has the guts to get out there and go through that."

Many of the competitors stayed around until late into the night to observe the superfight competition. The results of the superfight are as follows:

* Saulo Ribeiro defeated Todd Margolis

* Daniel Moraes defeated Jorge Gurgel

* Mark Laimon and Marcelo Clemente was determined a draw.

Keep checking www.dalejrgrapplingcalssic.com for future details about upcoming events.

-bhr-

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Series Charity , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt
Teams JR Motorsports