Press release submitted by Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Inc.|
The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is delighted to invite the community to the Boxing Club Exhibition and Movie Night on Thursday, May 16, 2013 starting at 5:30 pm. The evening will begin with a community reception at 5:30 pm and the exhibition will commence at 6:00 pm followed immediately by a viewing of the award-winning motion picture "Ali." The Boxing Exhibition and movie viewing will be held in the Ida Robinson Banquet Room at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center located at 630 Ninth Street in Rock Island.
The event will highlight the extraordinary commitment of the participants and volunteer coaches of the King Center's Rock Island Boxing Club. The program will include a variety of performances and presentations to bring awareness of the opportunities for youth and volunteers including:
• Overview of the program
• Sparring session
• Remarks from Boxing Club Founder and Director
The Boxing Club was founded by Ramsey Vesey seven years ago and he continues to serve as coach, mentor, and advocate for at-risk youth. In his eyes boxing is an opportunity to discuss life and goals. "I want the youth in our program to become champions not only in the ring but also in school, in their homes, community and beyond," states Mr. Vesey.
Recently, the Boxing Club sent 3 boxers: 12 year old Ramsey Vesey Jr., 14 year old Courtney Lindsey, and 14 year old Jorge Franco to the Silver Gloves National Tournament in Independence, Missouri on January 30, 2013. The Rock Island Boxing Club has recently partnered with the Martin Luther King Center and is now a part of its new Athletic and Recreation Division for youth development. The Boxing Club is committed to teaching discipline, building self-esteem, supporting academic success, and creating a sense of accomplishment.
The event is free to the public and various opportunities will be available for community members to purchase merchandise with proceeds going to further the King Center's mission of strengthening families and neighborhoods. For more information concerning the event, volunteer opportunities, or how to make a financial contribution to the Rock Island Boxing Club, contact the Martin Luther King Center at (309) 732-2999 or www.rigov.org/mlk.
The mission of the Martin Luther King Center is to provide opportunities for a diverse population through a variety of programs and services.