Since 1976 we have been mentoring athletes in fulfilling their dreams.
Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club was founded in 1976 by Arizona farmer, Arthur Martori. He began wrestling for Phoenix Community College, the YMCA’s Wrist Lock Club with legendary coach Tom Dubin and eventually Arizona State University. Art went on to win multiple championships and barely missed making the 1964 Olympic team. After college, Art joined the family business and would eventually take over as manager of the citrus operation. This is when his trusted coach, Tom Dubin, came calling. Now that Art had the means, it was time to give back. Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club was born. As the sport evolved so did the Sunkist Kids. Creating an International tournament, providing housing and training, offering stipends and coaching opportunities. Art played a significant role in the development of women’s wrestling and served as a constant reminder that no sport is bigger than the athletes it serves. Art’s vision gave birth to Regional Training Centers, Award money, Stipends, women’s wrestling in the Olympics, world-class teams and youth programs.
As a non-profit organization, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club aims to serve the needs of athletes in training for World and Olympic titles, pioneer opportunities for women’s inclusion in all divisions of the sport and develop youth programs to serve a greater need in under-served communities. While our aim is to ease the financial burden, our greater service is the mentorship athletes receive from leadership throughout our organization.