New Jersey Association of USA Boxing
Home of New Jersey Amateur Olympic Boxing
January 13, 2018
Why is your donation important to the New Jersey Association of Amateur Boxing important? And why does every single dollar make a difference?
This question can be easily answered if you walk into any local boxing gym in New Jersey and see the amazing levels of talent and drive that these young adults have in the ring. But if you don’t have time to see the action yourself, then we can update you on how the New Jersey Association of Amateur Boxing has grown over the past few years as a result of your donations and our youth’s hard work and determination.
One of the athletes who has benefited from the opportunities offered to the youth of New Jersey, is standout star of the year Shakur Stevenson. Just recently his lifelong dream came true when he qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro at just eighteen years old. Stevenson, a Newark native who started mimicking the boxers he saw on TV when he was just two years old. Shakur has been with the New Jersey Amateur Boxing Program for eleven years.
The journey of a champion is one shared and celebrated by those in his corner. The individuals in his corner give purpose and meaning to the journey and are present through all of life’s ups and downs.
Aadam Ali’s success is the result of hard work, the result of determination and discipline.
Don Somerville began training and mentoring Ali at the age of 13. For the past six years, the champion has embraced the rigorous, structured training. His Coach takes the training outside of the ring where it is truly needed. Aadam joins his teams on Friday night fights at Coach Don’s home where the athletes watch old school boxing and discuss style and strategy. The time is spent bonding, discussing life, trust, relationships and what is needed to be successful in the world of boxing and in life. Ali attributes his success to his disciplined training, will to win and the support from his Coach. Ali understands that someone else is always working hard so therefore he must work harder.
Being a former leader at the corporate level, Somerville studies leadership and loves to share quotes from other great leaders. One of his favorite quotes is from Vince Lombardi...."Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will reach excellence!
So it is tournament time and where will you find Ali on Sunday? Ali can be found pushing through the grueling “Suffer Sunday” workout. He kicks it off with a 3 mile run, sprints included. Next the Champ hits the hills for 15 minutes, followed by sparring and wrapping it up with strength and conditioning. Ali is told that in battle “No matter how we feel they will feel worse!” AND knowing this while setting his eye on the GOLD gives Ali what he needs to persevere.
Aadam Ali is the 2015 Youth National Bronze medalist, Two-time New Jersey Diamond Glove Champion, 5-time New Jersey Golden Glove Champion, 2017 National Golden Glove Champion and New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Outstanding Boxer of the Year 2017.
2020 is right around the corner. Prospect? Aadam Ali. Keep your eye on the Champ! He is one to be reckoned with. We salute Aadam Ali and support him as he keeps his eye on the prize.
In your corner Ali!
AADAM ALI "Champion in the Making"
Building Future Champions with Your Donations
To put things into perspective, the LBC spent over $40,000. in 2015 to support junior athletes competing in regional and national tournaments. Now with the growing amount of opportunities for our junior boxers arising including participating in the New Jersey Silver Gloves, Junior Olympic Independent Gloves, Ringside World Tournament and other tournaments where athletes are required to travel across the United States., every dollar that is donated helps.
If you are interested in donating towards the New Jersey Amateur Boxing Program and helping kids like Shakur become champions of life, please click on the Donate button above.
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