LOWELL — The Lowell Police Department is offering a free youth boxing club to any resident of the town between the ages of 10 and 18.
Participants will learn boxing from volunteer coaches and mentors, including legendary Lowell boxing trainer Jackie O’Neill, and improve their fitness, confidence and coordination.
“I want to thank all of the Lowell Police Department personnel who donate their time to this effort, as well as all of the community partners who have supported our efforts to provide wholesome and fun opportunities like the Youth Boxing Club to Lowell youth. said former police superintendent Kelly Richardson, who retired on Thursday. “Boxing is a great way to channel energy, learn self-defense and exercise while building rapport between youth and police.”
Lowell Police employees who oversee the program include Officer Dominic Lessiuer and retired City employee Keith Rudy, both former Golden Gloves champions, as well as retired Officer Billy Callahan, Officers Emmanuel Antonetty, Jonathan Rivera, Alec Golner, Christal Downs and Emaly Bouasri and Sgt. Mike Marshall.
The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. For now, the club will meet at the Doughboy Wrestling Club, 171 Lincoln St., but the city has issued a request for proposals for permanent housing. Organizers are looking to lease 3,000 to 6,000 square feet of retail space in Lowell where a full-size boxing ring can be set up.
The club is organized by the Lowell Police Youth Services Program, which creates opportunities for city youth to participate in free after-school activities, sports, and other activities that emphasize health and well-being. to be while having positive interactions with the police.
Lilian Lebron, whose son Liam is with the club, said it helps him burn energy and provides a physical benefit as he is undergoing physical therapy for a condition affecting his feet.
“My favorite thing is exercising,” Liam said.
“It’s a wonderful program. It’s great for kids to do all the physical activity, but it also goes beyond the physical part, as police officers act as coaches and mentors and encourage kids to work hard, do exercise and gain confidence,” said parent Clarivel Dragas. . “Plus, the program is free. I think it’s a great opportunity for the police to build relationships and be wonderful members of the community.
Dragas’ daughter, Lucia, is a member of the Lowell Police Citizens’ Advisory Committee and hopes to one day become a police officer. She said she joined the club to learn self-defense, exercise and build relationships with police officers.
“It’s also a really fun setting,” Lucia said. “Pretty much every time I come here, something funny happens. It’s very nice.
Club member Israel Armstead said he liked the club giving young people the chance to be active and stay out of trouble.
“I like that it gives you a good workout and keeps you busy,” he said. “I like all the moves and jumps.”
“We are thrilled to provide these opportunities for young people in Lowell to stay fit, build confidence and build positive, trusting relationships with police officers,” said newly promoted Acting Superintendent Barry Golner. “The Lowell Police Department invites all young people in the city to learn about the programs we offer.”
For more information about Youth Boxing Club membership, email [email protected]