Kiwanis boxing club topic of Rotary meeting

By: Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

Floyd Baker, Sr. of Crowley’s Kiwanis boxing club joined the Rotary Club during Tuesdays meeting as their guest speaker.

“The boxing club began on July 5 of 2006,” Baker informed the club, “as a non-profit organization.”

Baker then explained that all of the coaches, trainers, and doctors who belong to the organization work as volunteers.

“We do it for the kids,” he added. “We get all types of kids, the mild, the meek and the rough, from all walks of life, and we have seen a lot of them change their lives for the better.”

Baker then stated that contrary to what many people think is a dangerous sport, boxing is one of the safest sports there is. Each boxer is armed with protective gear.

The club is for those age 8 to 33.

“We have a clear set of rules that we set for the kids to live by, some of them stay, and others leave for a while and come back eventually.”

Discipline, along with self-confidence are characters that boxers learn as they continue along with the added benefit of being healthy.

For the past few years, the club has used South Crowley’s gymnasium as their twice weekly practice site, and they are now “pushing forward to the next step.”

The next step to which Baker referred is having their own gym which would better serve the needs of the boxers.

“As many people remember the Crowley boxing club, we would like to become independent, and with the help of the people of Crowley, we will be able to do that.”

Rotary member Isabella delaHoussaye commented, “We are so proud of you for making the club what it is today. Many people do not realize what they’re missing if they haven’t attended one of these boxing matches.”

Baker stated that the club’s upcoming plans include more tournaments and their desire to compete in the 2012 national championship that will be held in Lafayette.

“We definitely see more in the future for this club,” he said.

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