In the news story “Baldwin Borough's Community Day knocks out boxing” (June 6 and TribLIVE.com), borough manager John Barrett cited violence as his reason for eliminating youth boxing from Community Day. I find this ironic, considering that for some kids in Carrick, where I used to live, the boxing gym is the only alternative to the real violence that kids in troubled families sometimes face.
The sport provides them with healthy alternatives to drugs, plus scholarship opportunities, self-esteem and the dream of someday participating in an Olympic sport. If Barrett is truly concerned about protecting his daughters from violence, he should encourage and revere the kids who choose to spend long hours sweating in the gym instead of hustling in the streets.
Instead of excluding the boxers from the community event, perhaps he should visit a local boxing gym. He would soon notice that the coaches and volunteers there do more to combat youth violence than government censorship ever will.
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