The Greensboro Arm Wrestling League (GRAWL) is an all-volunteer fundraising organization that aims to help our community through badass, progressive theatrical events. Our colorful lady and theydy arm wrestlers entertain the crowds while raising money for worthy Greensboro causes — especially nonprofits that serve women and girls.
At GRAWL, we believe that our organization should reflect the community in which we live, and therefore we welcome volunteers of any race, nation of origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Women of all physical abilities, transgender women and nonbinary people are invited to wrestle.
GRAWL was founded in 2015 by Rachel Scott, Amanda Lehmert Killian and Meagan Albert. GRAWL is a member of the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW), an international coalition of philanthropic female arm wrestling groups.
Since our inaugural 2016 Season, we have raised more than $58,000 for local nonprofits. As part of a national effort of ladies arm wrestling groups, we also collected more than 2,000 feminine hygiene products, which were donated to the Interactive Resource Center and a local Guildford County middle school.
GRAWL is led by member leadership team. Our 2022 leadership team members are Amanda Lehmert Killian, Mel Umbarger, Nancy Cravey, James Lyons, Rachel Scott, Whitney Cork, Abby Karp and Diane Chase.
We expect our volunteers, beneficiaries, and partners to honor these shared values:
- INCLUSION: We welcome people of any race, nation of origin, physical ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
- CONSENT: Ask permission to physically touch someone and plan theatrics in advance.
- SPORTING CONDUCT: Respect your competitors, other members and volunteers, work together to make the show fun, and be a great loser.
- RESPONSIBILITY Understand your role, show up on time, and take care of yourself when you need it!
In 2023, we will partner with Wheels4Hope and the Motivational Foundation.
In 2021 and 2022, we partnered with Youth Focus’s Act Together shelter. In 2020, we partnered with the Interactive Resource Center. In 2019, we partnered with the Guilford Green LGBTQ Center, NCCJ’s ANYTOWN program, and She ROCKS of the Triad. In 2018, we partnered with the Kellin Foundation, the ARC of Greensboro, and QORDS. In 2017, GRAWL partnered with the nonprofit My Sister Susan’s House, a program of Youth Focus that aims to provide a safe place for homeless pregnant teens, young mothers, and their babies; I Am A Queen, to assist in sponsoring its annual teen girl conference; and the Greensboro Mural Project, which will use the brawl proceeds to design a LGBTQ heroes mural. In 2016, our brawls benefited the Interactive Resource Center, the Women’s Resource Center and the Greensboro YWCA.
GRAWL is made possible by many individual volunteers, local businesses and artistic professionals who have donated their time, labor and other resources. We would like to especially thank DJ L in Japanese, Oden Brewing Company, Kriss Lowrance Creative, DJ84, Gibb’s Hundred, Geeksboro, graphic designer Tommy Beaver, emcee Matthew Cravey and VanderVeen Photographers for their support.
Want to wrestler or volunteer? Need more information? Email GRAWL.
For media inquiries, please call 336-339-0712.
GRAWL in the News
Here is some recent coverage about GRAWL.
“Women Who Wrestle,” WUNC’s The State of Things.
“Fun and Games: GRAWL’s Slamming Satire,” Triad City Beat.
“Greensboro Ladies Arm Wrestling League Focused on Helping Community,” WGHP’s “Good for Her” segment.
“Local Talent: Rachel Scott,” Yes Weekly.
“Greensboro Arm Wrestling League plans first match,” 1808 magazine.