Boys Town Christmas Alumni Newsletter
Wrestling Leads Anthony Flatt, D’84, to Success
Anthony Flatt came to Boys Town in 1983 at odds with his family and life. Needing discipline and direction he turned to the Boys Town wrestling program and learned new skills and much about himself that would have an impact later in his life. His stay at Boys Town was followed by moving from job to job, making poor choices and looking for his place in this world. He met his wife Cheryl while she was a student at Millard North High School and they continued that relationship eventually marrying and raising three children in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Anthony is now the Sr. Sales Director for Triveni Digital, an LG Electronics company.
His primary focus is on his family and that focus brought him back to the one thing that gave him the most in life-wrestling. Knowing what wrestling instilled in himself he wanted his children to have the same experience. Anthony became involved with Team Georgia Wrestling, a non-profit state affiliate of USA Wrestling. Working as a volunteer he eventually became the Chairman of the Georgia Amateur Wrestling Association. He was named the USA Wrestling’s State Chairman of the Year in 2010. Under his leadership the Georgia Amateur Wrestling Association has provided funding for four Georgia NAIA colleges build their wrestling programs and have recently partnered with Beat the Streets-Georgia to expand and develop youth programs in Georgia’s “at risk” communities. These programs will focus on at-risk students in middle schools by using wrestling as a tool to develop personal discipline and leadership skills.
He, his wife Cheryl and their children are all involved with the wrestling programs. Anthony credits his time at Boys Town with giving him the tools to eventually make the right choices in his life and for helping him to become a good father and husband. Unashamedly he says; “If not for getting involved in wrestling at Boys Town…I believe I would be dead or in prison as are many of my childhood friends.”
By being committed to his family and assuming a leadership role in his community, Anthony is carrying forward the dream Father Flanagan had for all of his alumni–to be good citizens and give back to their communities in positive and constructive ways.