The International Boxing Club located in Toledo, Ohio, currently operates an amateur boxing club for youth ages 8 through 19 years and for hobby boxing for all ages. The International Boxing Club incorporated in April 1998, gained nonprofit status in December 1998, and is sanctioned by the United States Amateur Boxing, Inc. – the national organization that regulates amateur boxing.
The International Boxing Club accepts adolescents from all over Northwest Ohio. Youth from the inner city and neighboring townships have joined. Adolescents of varied ages, race and social background are currently active in the program. A great thing about this program is that it is offered at no cost, dealing a blow to the financial barrier that so often deprives kids from low income families of enjoying and exploring a new sport. As a result, any kid interested can benefit from participating in the sport, from the physical training it offers, and gain exposure to other cultures.
The program is a valuable resource for the kids, and they are accepted at no charge for a training program which instills knowledge and skills that enables them to participate and excel in competitive boxing events. Our goal is to create positive boxing events and to create positive attitudes and self-images in the youth through participation in spirited, competitive boxing events. Along with the boxing training, the program offers a disciplined program that instills moral values, an awareness of etiquette for traveling and exposure to other communities and cultures. An emphasis is placed on homework, open communication with the school, and the family of participating youth. The program teaches the adolescent self-discipline, emphasizes education and offers a positive alternative to drug abuse and street violence