Through Halcyon Charities the boxing gym is used by neighborhood kids as well as Golden Glove contenders. The facility is state of the art.
In association with Cleveland Amateur Golden Gloves, Inc., the West Side Temple at 2831 Franklin Blvd. in Ohio City will become the new host of the preliminary rounds of the Golden Gloves Amateur Tournament, with the first three rounds being held there April 5, 12, and 19 at 6 p.m.
Cleveland has in recent years become known as where Olympic-worthy young boxers get their start. In 2007 three Cleveland-area Golden Gloves Champions went on to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Two became Olympic alternates and one, Raynell Williams, is now the U.S.A. 125-lb. representative for the 2008 Olympics in China.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 3, 2008:
The finals, which drew a turn-away crowd of nearly 1,300 last year, will again be in the North Hall at Cleveland Browns Stadium on April 26, also at 6 p.m.Halcyon Charities is an Ohio non-profit corporation and 501(c)(3) public charity started in December 2006. Run entirely by volunteers, its goal is to make the Halcyon Masonic Temple facility the cornerstone of a multi-faceted charitable enterprise focused on youth development. They are dedicated to making Ohio City a better and more vibrant place.
All first-time boxers, up to age 34, will compete in the sub-novice division. Before that rule was implemented a year ago, many first-timers were forced to box in the open division for experienced fighters.
The tournament also is restricting entries for those with experience in Tough Man and mixed martial arts competition. Depending on MMA experience, competitors will have to enter either the novice or open divisions.
Tickets will cost $15 and $25 for adults, with 12-and-under tickets at $8 and $13. Table seating and sponsorships are available. For entry and ticket information, contact the GG office at 216-662-7445.
The site currently houses youth athletic programs. Future plans include initiating other youth-oriented cultural programs, including theater, art, and music education.
From the Halycon Charities website:
We have come a long way towards returning the magnificent Halcyon Masonic Temple to productive use, but we still have along way to go. As we continue renovating and remodeling the building for the 21st century we need the help of everyone interested in the future of Ohio City and its historic neighborhoods. Please consider helping with a tax deductible donation to Halcyon Charities.Halcyon Charities' address is on their website, as is a PayPal donation button.
Image: Inside Halcyon's boxing gym
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