(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) -USA Boxing has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to help bring the USA Boxing National Championships to Denver in both 2009 and 2010, as well as introducing the Gloves Not Guns program in Denver in 2009.
"The Daniels Fund is one of the most prestigious foundations in the country," commented USA Boxing Chief Executive Officer, Jim Millman. "We are thrilled to be associated with such a world-class organization. This grant will allow us to raise the stature and scope of our National Championships to the level it deserves."
The Daniels Fund was established in 1997 by Bill Daniels, a former New Mexico Golden Gloves champion and pioneer in cable television. The organization operates the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program and Daniels Fund Grants Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
"USA Boxing is the proving ground for top athletes seeking to land a place on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team," said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. "We are delighted to help make it possible for Denver to host this prestigious athletic competition," she added.
The premier amateur boxing event in the nation, the USA Boxing National Championships has taken place in the Pikes Peak region since 2003, but it will move north to Denver for both the 2009 and 2010 editions with the assistance of the resources provided by the Daniels Fund.
In addition, Gloves Not Guns, a USA Boxing program designed to give young people a free introduction to boxing, will launch in Denver in 2009. The initiative debuted in Chicago in 2007 in conjunction with the AIBA World Championships.
The Daniels Fund has consistently supported amateur athletics due to Daniels' love of sports, particularly boxing. He sponsored many professional boxers, including Ron Lyle in his quest for the World Heavyweight Title, and established Denver Rocks, one of the first professional boxing organizations in Denver. He saw athletics as a way to teach discipline and teamwork, and established amateur sports as one of the program areas for his legacy at the Daniels Fund.
Over 250 amateur boxers from across the nation are expected to compete in the 2009 USA Boxing National Championships. The event has been held in Colorado Springs in 19 of the last 20 years with the 2002 event taking place in Las Vegas.