The mission of Spartan’s Amateur Boxing Club is to attract area youth to the sport of boxing and to use the consistent work out regiment and the competition participation involved in boxing to build and strengthen their bodies, minds, and character.
Spartan’s Amateur Boxing Club is a non-profit organization that is being established in 2015 by parents and community supporters in conjunction with New Orleans Recreational Development Commission (NORDC). The purpose of the club is to introduce amateur boxing to inner-city youth and to ensure that the site to be used for this purpose is accessible to the youth Spartan’s Boxing Club seeks to serve.
Statistics reveal that the time after school is when youth are more likely to get into trouble. Often parents are not home from work and idle minds and hands many times find inappropriate activities in which to engage. This is the issue that our organization works to address. For the past two years, the club organizers have given youths the opportunity to come to a safe and supervised environment after school and during the summer months. In addition, it has provided them with a training program that promotes sportsmanship, hard work, and team spirit.
Currently the amateur boxing program has approximately twenty participants. Over the past 12 months the club has maintained its schedule of being open and accessible to youth Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. The club will adjust its training schedule to Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The club intends to utilize equipment or resources provided by the park.
During the past twelve months several amateur boxing competitions have been hosted by the organizers of the club, with the most recent being held on November 15, 2014. In these competitions, the club participants demonstrated impressive physical and personal skills.
The populations that our organization reaches are males and females between the ages of 8-25. Most are from households having median income and many of the participants are from single-parent families. All participants are from the Greater New Orleans and surrounding parishes and exhibit a range of physical or mental abilities.
Through our staff, our organization maintains strong relationships, both formal and informal, with other organizations working to develop the city’s youth. Our activities are governed and sanctioned by the USA Boxing Association. This association regulates the industry and ensures that all rules and safety regulations are in full enforcement. Each competition judge is appointed and trained by USA Boxing. The referees are also trained and appointed by USA Boxing to ensure sportsmanlike conduct and that safety measures and precautions are enforced. The safety equipment we use is regulated by USA Boxing.
As the youth boxing program continues to grow, not only will the participants benefit from the program, but the community will benefit, as well. It will serve as a family recreational outlet and a source of community pride. As awareness and success of the program attracts more participants and larger event audiences, community development around the club is not unlikely.