West Point boxing team to host free events in Chicago
The West Point boxing team will hold a clinic and exhibition in Chicago on Sept. 24, with a goal of inspiring inner city youth through showcasing good sportsmanship and raising awareness of the opportunities offered by the army and West Point.
The boxing team will coach middle and early high school students during its free clinic from 10 a.m. to noon at the Celtic Boxing Club, 3012 W. 111th St.
The boxing exhibition will take place that evening at the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 West Taylor St. The exhibition will feature eight to ten bouts with army cadets matched up with local amateur boxers. There will also be an open bar and a full dinner will be provided. Bouts will begin a little after 7 p.m. and the cost to attend is $100 per person.
The West Point Society of Chicago, which is sponsoring the team's visit to Chicago, is seeking assistance in the form of donations and lodging. Donations can be made via check and be sent to the West Point Society of Chicago, c/o Brian Hannon, Treasurer, 1568 Abbostsford Drive, Naperville, IL, 60563. The memo line should specify that the funds are to be used for the boxing event.
Volunteer graduates also are being sought to offer one or two cadet boxers an opportunity to stay in their home over the weekend. In addition to lodging, these volunteers would be responsible for providing boxers with transportation from and to the airport, the clinic and exhibition.
Those interested in volunteering or becoming a corporate sponsor for the exhibition, can contact West Society of Chicago President Joe Mislinski at email@example.com.
This is the second consecutive year the West Point boxing team is visiting Chicago.