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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No, it's not Rock'em Sock'em Robots

No, it's not Rock'em Sock'em Robots; it's the Caldwell Optimist Club Silver Belt Invitational. Young men and women boxers from the western United States competed over the Valentine's Day weekend for the title in their age category. This activity is a coordinated effort between the Optimist Club and PAL.

The Optimist Club owns the boxing ring and coordinates the event. PAL coaches the children in the program and helps connect to other boxing programs in the region. Together, they help the young athletes learn sportsmanship and fitness. As a bonus, they become better students and work to be an integral part of their family's life.

According to Optimist Club member and boxing coach Manny Albares, the program teaches respect and discipline. The athletes learn to respect themselves, law enforcement officers, their families and others in the community. They gain respect and appreciation in return.

Photos courtesy of Gene Brasse. 

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