In 2011, the Virginia Beach National Games Inc. (a non-profit 501(c)(3) certified organization) was formed comprised of a group of former wrestlers, coaches, officials, parents and event directors. The Virginia Beach Nationals is the name of the wrestling competition. We joined together with the Virginia Beach Convention Center and Visitors Bureau to create a premier wrestling event known as the Virginia Beach Nationals.
Over the past years we been able to contribute money to great organizations such as the WWP, Navy Seal Foundation, 31 Heroes, One Team One Fight and as well as local wrestling programs.
The VBNG staff feels that competitors deserve great events. It is our belief that parents, athletes and coaches will have a positive experience and enjoy our oceanfront.
The Awards for the Virginia Beach Nationals include Red Championship Belts (not found in any other wrestling championships) and custom Medals to the top 4 places.
Jack Harcourt Founder / CEO a retired Virginia Beach Public Schools teacher, has Over 39 years of teaching, coaching, officiating and directing wrestling at all levels. Jack became the first Gold Level Certified Wrestling Coach for USA Wrestling in 1991. He is the founder of USA Wrestling in Virginia in 1982, earned the USAW National State Chairman of the Year Award in 1987 and has earned several other notable honors in wrestling.
In 2010 Coach Harcourt was named to the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the Virginia Chapter. His plethora of experience in coaching and developing the sport is brought to this event with the purpose of developing a class event for athletes and families.
Some of Coach Harcourt's many wrestling endeavors include the 1st Vice President of Virginia Challenge Wrestling, Vice President of the Virginia Wrestling Association, Tournament Director for the VAWC National Holiday Duals and the Director for many other wrestling events.