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20
May
10

Out of the Streets and into the Ring: How Boxing Programs Can Save Our Youth

Out of the Streets and into the Ring: How Boxing Programs Can Save Our Youth
By: Alexia Krause

Children growing up in troubled neighborhoods often find themselves drawn into seedy situations against their will. Whether it is peer pressure, or a feeling of despair for the future, many of today’s youth fall prey to the allures of gangs, violence, and drugs. One of the most effective ways to circumvent this calamity is by making sure these kids stay active in after-school programs.

One of the best activities for children and teens to participate in are the fitness programs held in their schools or local gyms. There are neighborhood fitness centers like these all across the nation. Their success stories never cease to inspire. Whether it is boxing, basketball, or badminton, studies have shown that after-school activities dramatically lower incidence rates of violence and crime amongst teens.

Programs like ones organized by Horace Bryant at the Fourth Street Youth Boxing Gym in Minnesota are perfect examples of the preventative power of these clubs. Bryant saw the trouble that teens in his neighborhood were getting in to, and wanted to make a difference. That’s why he coordinated his youth outreach program with the owners of his local gym.

Take a look at the case of a young man named Chris Watson. Chris was involved in trouble with the law ever since he was 14 years old. He had been arrested multiple times, dropped out of school in 2007, and was even charged with a felony. Watson stated that he would have likely continued down the bleak path he was on if it weren’t for his local boxing program.

“I just had nothing to do back in the day; I wasn’t working,” Watson said. “I had so many friends I didn’t know what to do with and they were always doing something illegal or something fun. Ever since I met Horace, going to the gym is what I look forward to everyday. I can’t wait to get off work and go boxing.” Bryant not only helped Watson with his training, but also helped him get a job. Chris is now studying to complete his GED, and hopes to someday inspire kids the way that Bryant inspired him and saved him from the streets.

Gyms and stories like this exist all over the nation. It is incredibly important to support programs like these. These organizations improve the lives of the children enrolled in it, while at the same time decreasing rates of crime and violence in their surrounding neighborhoods. Unfortunately, due to the recent recession, much of the funding to these programs via state and federal grants has been slashed. Often times these gyms depend on donations to purchase MMA equipment to help them prepare for matches. That is why it is so vital to recognize how crucial these programs are to our communities around the nation, and the world.

Alexia has a true enthusiasm for writing articles related to mixed martial arts and fitness. As a result, she joined up with MMA Industries- purveyors of high-quality MMA gloves and MMA shirts. Alexia has been blogging about the latest trends in MMA equipment for the past few years, and continues to provide you with the latest news in the MMA universe.

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25
Jan
10

Super Bowl 44 TV commercials Sneak Peek 2010

Super Bowl 2010 ads preview

Was checking out some of the Super Bowls previous years top TV commercials/ads and getting a little nostalgic. That got me to wondering what kind of wonders we can expect in this years game (Super Bowl 44).

Here is a shortlist preview of some of the commercials to be on the lookout for in Super Bowl 44 (2010).

I have also included a Youtube clip of the top 11 (funniest) Super Bowl 43 (2009) television commercials.

2 more ~

16
Dec
09

UFC 107 BJ Penn vs Diego Sanchez Video, Dec. 12 From Memphis

UFC 107 BJ Penn vs Diego Sanchez Video, Dec. 12 From Memphis –

Watch the entire fight here!

BJ Penn vs. Sanchez fight video is still hot a few days after UFC 107 took Memphis, Tennessee by storm.  Davidson County UFC fans trekked a short distance to nearby Memphis in order to see BJ Penn and Diego Sanchez in this highly anticipated fight.  Those that went to the match got a show that was worth the money they shelled out for tickets, as Penn left Sanchez in quite a mess.

Penn vs Sanchez

Penn vs Sanchez

Sanchez was left with a gash on his forehead, and welts around both eyes.  The fighter also had a bleeding ear.  Despite his injuries, Sanchez didn’t give up – it was the referee that ended the match. According to UFC.com, “The final round began with a familiar pattern of Sanchez trying, and failing, to get Penn to the mat in order to mount an attack. Finally, the look on Sanchez’ face began to show frustration, and then a kick to the head by Penn opened up a nasty gash on the challenger’s forehead. With blood covering his face, referee Herb Dean brought in the Octagonside physician, who recommended that the bout be halted. Dean agreed, stopping the fight at the 2:37 mark.”

Those that missed the fight can still see the full length fight video.  The video is over 30 minutes long, making it a great match-up between two very talented UFC fighters.  Those in Davidson County that purchased tickets are lucky they were so close to the UFC 107 fight.




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