Wednesday, February 13, 2002
I am writing regarding an article in last week's paper. I am 16 years old and a member of the Hood River Boxing Club. I have been interested in boxing for quite some time, but had no place to enhance my skills. It was my idea to start a club in Hood River and beating people up was not the purpose. The Hood River Boxing Club does not teach people that it is okay to beat people up. It teaches people the techniques of boxing.
Amateur boxing ranks 71st among sports for injuries which is fewer than wresting, gymnastics and badminton.
Amateur boxing, unlike professional, is scored on a system where each technically correct punch is worth one point and is not about knocking your opponent out.
Boxing delivers superior levels of self-confidence. Teaches the values of conditioning and positive release of frustrations and energy, excellent means of conditioning for high school athletes during off-season. Great for teenagers who are not involved in a school sport or not attracted to team sports and a great source of positive recognition and travel opportunities.
I totally support the Hood River Boxing Club and what they want to accomplish and that is to provide a safe, positive atmosphere to teach the sport of boxing. I urge the community to come and see for themselves.
Supported by HR Boxing Club