The Boxing Club Kids of Richmond
In Richmond, The Boxing Club, is not just a place where young boys and girls learn to fight, it is so much more.
“The Boxing Club gives the kids a place to go after school, to keep them off the streets. Through our program, the kids learn self-respect, not to give up, to get back up if things do not go right, and most of all they can reach their dreams if they are willing to work hard and put their heart into it,” said Coach Juan Silva, The Boxing Club of Richmond.
The coach also teaches the boys to respect girls and for girls to keep their self-respect when interacting with boys. These young people also learn about following the rules in and out of the ring, as they compete at many different competitions throughout the year.
“There are so many life lessons that come from being part of a team or individual sport, such as self-discipline, hard work, healthy habits and more. The kids are also physically healthier due to the activities that are involved,” Coach Silva said.
Many people who live close to downtown Richmond, may have seen these young people running the streets of Richmond, that helps keep them in shape for the ring.
“I have had kids who were heavy when they started boxing, and end up losing 10-25 pounds. These kids are much healthier and take better care of themselves too,” Coach Silva said.
Some of the young boys and girls who attend The Boxing Club, also use boxing as a way to release their anger and frustrations.
One young man mentioned that since he has been boxing, he has not been in trouble or been in fights at school. “Since I have been at The Boxing Club, my grades are higher and I stay out of trouble,” said Vincent G.
However, one of the rules the Coach enforces is all homework has to be complete and they have to pass their school courses. There are other rules as well, that keep the young boxers on the right track to success, according to Coach Silva.
“Boxing is what I live for, training and practicing, which turns out to be better each day,” Shania said.
Presently, there are six or seven openings at the Club for youth in the area who are interested in joining The Boxing Club.
“The fee for the club is $40 a month, which covers equipment and taking the club to different tournaments. Some cannot afford to pay, but I let them come anyway because it is important. We host car washes and other things to raise the money. We would appreciate sponsors sponsoring one of our kids.
We also accept donations of any amount, which goes a long way in helping us cover costs,” Coach Silva said, who volunteers his time to the kids and does not receive a salary or any payment for his time.
The club also needs any type of gently used exercise equipment to be donated, and the Coach will be glad to pick-up these items.
The Boxing Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.
The club meets Monday – Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and the coach asks the members to continue to exercise when not at the Center.
“Anyone who would like to drop by and see our club, please do. We are located at 100 8th Street, in Richmond,” Coach Silva said.
For more information or for those interested in joining, please call the Coach at 832.382.8293.
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