EXPLORE

PRESERVING

UNFORGETTABLE

WRESTLING LEGENDS

Pathfinder: The Journey of the African American Wrestler,  is a factual tribute that is sincerely intended to honor the accomplishments and achievements of the many African American wrestlers and coaches that have impacted the historical commentary of high school, collegiate and amateur wrestling.

SIMON ROBERTS

SPOTLIGHT ON WRESTLING GREATS

OPTIONAL START

In the 2nd period of a wrestling match, the referee gives us the choice of what position we feel is the best advantage for us.  One of those choices is an “Optional Start,” which provides several opportunities for us to calculate our next move.

In life, God gives us the option in the 1st period to decide what we would like to do each day when we wake up. Optional Start is a non profit organization created to assist in determining which direction to go in, dreams to chase and pathways to choose.

We can either take the option to make the best of our day or we can allow everything around us to control our lives. No matter what we face or what period of life we are in, remember, there are always options.

GENERATING BIG IDEAS

TO CELEBRATE A BETTER WORLD

As individuals, we face challenges every single day. Our ultimate goal is to live happy, successful, and stress free lives. As we face the difficulties of each day, we strive to find a way to make things better.  You might ask how we can do this when we don’t have the answers? We do it by simply encouraging others to be their best; we give instead of taking. Optional Start is a catalyst for an environment that fosters positive energy and purpose.

PATHFINDER VOL. 1

Pathfinder: The Journey of the African American Wrestler, is a factual tribute that sincerely intends to honor the accomplishments and achievements of the many African American wrestlers and coaches that impacted the historical commentary of high school, collegiate and amateur wrestling.

The stories are told in the wrestlers' own words or that of friends and family members that were an integral part of their lives. Pathfinder is the manifestation of several months of research and interviews which details some of the greatest accomplishments in African- American wrestling history.

These are their testimonies; this is the path that only they could travel. This is the story of The Pathfinder.

CHAMPIONS

PINS

OLYMPIC MEDALS

AWARDS WON

PATHFINDER VOL. 2

Pathfinder Vol 2: The Journey Continues, seeks to delve deeper into the experiences of some of the world's greatest wrestlers. It touches on some of life's toughest issues and shows the triumphant victories that come as a result.

The stories are told in the wrestlers' own words or that of friends and family members that were an integral part of their lives. Pathfinder Volume 2 is the continuation of more than a year of research, validation and interviewing, which again shines a great light on some of the greatest accomplishments in specifically African- American wrestling history.

This book is the second of a celebratory spotlight of an amazing sport.  This is the story of The Pathfinder, Volume 2: The Journey Continues.

THE IDEA

FACTORY

WRESTLING ROOM

TESTIMONIALS

REAL LIFE SUPER HEROES

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KEVIN EMILY BIO

KEVIN EMILY

Coach, Teacher, Writer

Kevin Emily is the head wrestling coach at Midland Valley High School in Graniteville, SC.  Although born in Georgetown, SC, Emily grew up in the hotbed of wrestling in Waterloo, Iowa.

In 1987, he moved to Norcross, GA for a year, where he placed 3rd in state at 112 lbs. In 1988, he relocated back to Waterloo, Iowa where he was a state qualifier with a senior record of 22-3 at 112 lbs.

Currently, Emily has 14 years head wrestling coach experience, making stops at Red Bank High School (Red Bank, TN), White Knoll High School (Lexington, SC), North Charleston High School (North Charleston, SC), and West High School (Waterloo, Iowa).

Emily's programs have generated 13 state place winners, 5 state champions, 4 NHSCA All-Americans, and one NHSCA National Champion.

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KEVIN EMILY

Coach, Teacher, Writer

Bio:

Kevin Emily is the head wrestling coach at Midland Valley High School in Graniteville, SC.  Although born in Georgetown, SC, Emily grew up in the hotbed of wrestling in Waterloo, Iowa.

In 1987, he moved to Norcross, GA for a year, where he placed 3rd in state at 112 lbs. In 1988, he relocated back to Waterloo, Iowa where he was a state qualifier with a senior record of 22-3 at 112 lbs.

Currently, Emily has 14 years head wrestling coach experience, making stops at Red Bank High School (Red Bank, TN), White Knoll High School (Lexington, SC), North Charleston High School (North Charleston, SC), and West High School (Waterloo, Iowa).

Emily's programs have generated 13 state place winners, 5 state champions, 4 NHSCA All-Americans, and one NHSCA National Champion.

KEVIN EMILY

Coach, Teacher, Writer

Bio:

Kevin Emily is the head wrestling coach at Midland Valley High School in Graniteville, SC.  Although born in Georgetown, SC, Emily grew up in the hotbed of wrestling in Waterloo, Iowa.

In 1987, he moved to Norcross, GA for a year, where he placed 3rd in state at 112 lbs. In 1988, he relocated back to Waterloo, Iowa where he was a state qualifier with a senior record of 22-3 at 112 lbs.

Currently, Emily has 14 years head wrestling coach experience, making stops at Red Bank High School (Red Bank, TN), White Knoll High School (Lexington, SC), North Charleston High School (North Charleston, SC), and West High School (Waterloo, Iowa).

Emily's programs have generated 13 state place winners, 5 state champions, 4 NHSCA All-Americans, and one NHSCA National Champion.

KEVIN EMILY

Coach, Teacher, Writer

Bio:

Kevin Emily is the head wrestling coach at Midland Valley High School in Graniteville, SC.  Although born in Georgetown, SC, Emily grew up in the hotbed of wrestling in Waterloo, Iowa.

In 1987, he moved to Norcross, GA for a year, where he placed 3rd in state at 112 lbs. In 1988, he relocated back to Waterloo, Iowa where he was a state qualifier with a senior record of 22-3 at 112 lbs.

Currently, Emily has 14 years head wrestling coach experience, making stops at Red Bank High School (Red Bank, TN), White Knoll High School (Lexington, SC), North Charleston High School (North Charleston, SC), and West High School (Waterloo, Iowa).

Emily's programs have generated 13 state place winners, 5 state champions, 4 NHSCA All-Americans, and one NHSCA National Champion.

KEVIN EMILY

Coach, Teacher, Writer

Bio:

Kevin Emily is the head wrestling coach at Midland Valley High School in Graniteville, SC.  Although born in Georgetown, SC, Emily grew up in the hotbed of wrestling in Waterloo, Iowa.

In 1987, he moved to Norcross, GA for a year, where he placed 3rd in state at 112 lbs. In 1988, he relocated back to Waterloo, Iowa where he was a state qualifier with a senior record of 22-3 at 112 lbs.

Currently, Emily has 14 years head wrestling coach experience, making stops at Red Bank High School (Red Bank, TN), White Knoll High School (Lexington, SC), North Charleston High School (North Charleston, SC), and West High School (Waterloo, Iowa).

Emily's programs have generated 13 state place winners, 5 state champions, 4 NHSCA All-Americans, and one NHSCA National Champion.