Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 2:56 pm

Martin Luther King Boxing Club competing in National Tournament

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Press release submitted by Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Inc.


Martin Luther King Center's Boxing Club Competing in National Tournament

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center's Rock Island Boxing Club will send 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 Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

The Rock Island Boxing Club recently returned from competing in the Silver Gloves Region 5 Tournament in Wichita, Kansas January 4 – 5, 2013, where these three boxers advanced in the open division. 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.

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. "Mr. Vesey has been a pillar of hope for this community and his commitment to our youth is unshakeable. We are proud to partner with the Rock Island Boxing Club. We look forward to our future together," states Rev. Dwight Ford, Executive Director of the King Center.

In the future the team will host a Boxing Showcase; boxing clubs from across the Midwest will travel to compare their skills against Rock Island's very own Rock Island Boxing Club. The event will be held to showcase talent and to gain support as the club prepares for the Jr. Olympics State Tournament in May 2013. Boxing teams will spar and will receive information concerning the services of the Rock Island Boxing Club. Boxing teaches discipline, builds self-esteem, and creates a sense of accomplishment. "If these kids can compete at the National level in boxing, they can compete nationally in math and science," comments Mr. Vesey. Rev. Ford has high hopes for the program under the umbrella of services at the King Center; "We like to consider the King Center a developmental depot, we are preparing youth for a world of opportunities."

For more information or 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.