POSTED: July 11th 2013

Actor Billy Baldwin helping Wrestling movement with eBay auction

Billy Baldwin has put star backing behind the campaign to keep wrestling on the Olympic Programme / William
Billy Baldwin has put star backing behind the campaign to keep wrestling on the Olympic Programme / William

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(SFC) eBay will host an auction to benefit the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement, with the Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling and actor Billy Baldwin supporting. Among the items to be auctioned are memorabilia from Hollywood celebrities, wrestling and MMA legends, and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Items up for auction include a one-hour training session with Randy Couture, lunch with Tom Arnold, a walk-on role on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” an ultimate VIP UFC package with tickets and gear and a pre-fight experience with IMPACT star and former Olympian Kurt Angle.

The International Olympic Committee Executive Board recommended Wrestling be removed from the Olympic Programme beginning with the 2020 Olympic Games this past February, but the sport was later named one of three sports shortlisted for the final provisional spot in the 2020 and 2024 Games Programmes. The International Olympic Committee will announce the sport to be included in 2020 and 2024 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.

Baldwin wrestled in high school and college and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003. He has been working with the Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling, and this auction’s proceeds will go towards the Committee’s efforts to Keep Olympic Wrestling and to promote the value of the sport.

“The values of work ethic, discipline and mental toughness that are instilled through training and competition transcend the sport of wrestling,” Baldwin said. “Later in life, when you are fighting your way through adversity, dealing with the challenges of being a husband and father, or in the pursuit of your career, they will come back to serve you well.”

Three auctions in total will be held, with the first launching Friday, 12 July.

Keywords · Wrestling · International Olympic Committee · Billy Baldwin · eBay · Randy Couture · Boardwalk Empire · MMA · UFC · Kurt Angle · Olympics ·

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