– Photo by Somerville Boxing Club
Tom Leyne from American Legion Post 19 generously presented a check recently to the Somerville Boxing Club.
“Boxing” as in “punching each other in the face”? It is disgraceful to promote this kind of activity, given all we now know about the brain damage produced by blows to the head in sports and elsewhere.
Keep not listening folks, but at some point, the lawsuits will start to fly. Just saying…
I was skeptical, but I’ve got to tell you this is pretty damning evidence!
Great point, we should close the Boxing Club and let the kids stay out on the streets and fend for themselves, thats an outstanding idea! This place is an asset to the community, it gives the kids a place to go, teaches them skills, discipline and offers them guidance which in todays world is invaluable. I am sure there are alot of parents who lost thier kids to violence or drugs that wish thier son or daughter went to the boxing club instead…..
How about a chess club or an astronomy club? If some guy tries to mug you it is better if you give him your wallet than try to be a hero (just because you went to the Boxing Club) and get cut.
Chess or astronomy clubs sound like very positive activities for young people to be a part of. Why don’t you go and start one and see how many at risk youth you get? Not many, I’m certain. You have to meet young people at their level with activities that appeal to them, not you. Boxing teaches discipline, self-confidence and physical health. I guarantee you that the young people going to the club are less likely to get into trouble on the streets. There are also a number of recovering addicts who use boxing as an outlet to stay clean. And while concussions are a problem that should be taken very seriously, the boxing club doesn’t simply throw kids into the ring to fight each other. If they ever do have matches, people wear head gear and it is closely monitored.
We should all learn to respect each other’s differences in personal interests. If people think boxing is a productive use of their time, that is their decision to make. If you want to play chess instead, that’s your choice, but we shouldn’t eliminate a program that has proven to be popular because it is not other people’s cup of tea.
I agree with John. One could make an argument that every sport is dangerous in some way, but having close supervision brings the best out of the activity and the best out of the kids participating in it.
The Boxing Club has been a safe haven for a lot of kids and their parents. Attending a Youth Services or Recreation meeting that feature an update on the Boxing Club on its agenda will show you what a positive impact this has made.
I don’t think it’s any more or less dangerous than any sport. What I would like to know is when and why has it become a de facto city agency? While other youth sports struggle to make ends meet, paying to use school space to practice, etc., the Boxing Club is housed permanently in a school building. Why not offer the same deal to Pop Warner, Youth Soccer, Pride and Tradition youth basketball, etc.?
I could not disagree more. All sports are “supervised”. Yet, people get injured. Boxing should be banned in favor of other competitive activities that do not produce brain damage. There is no way in hell my kids will be allowed to join the dementia club!
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