Women’s Boxing Accolades for Volunteers

Sept. 25, 2008, 11:41 a.m. (ET)
The USA Boxing Women’s Task Force is pleased to announce the “Women’s Boxing Accolades for Volunteers” project, designed to acknowledge the work and dedication of coaches, officials, and administrators who have volunteered their time and energy to help create the US women’s boxing program.  
 
Next month marks the 15-year anniversary of the first official USA Boxing amateur boxing match between female boxers.*  Since that bout in 1993, girls and women who box have found support and encouragement in volunteers who train them, officiate and care for them at events, and advocate for them as boxers.  Over the past 15 years, a great number of volunteers have worked to make girls’ and women’s amateur boxing possible.  Volunteer coaches, officials, administrators, and other volunteers are the basis of our organization, and the Women’s Task Force hopes to give boxers and other volunteers an opportunity to recognize those who have played a role in women’s amateur boxing in the United States.
 
The nominations for Accolades for Volunteers opened this week, and the nomination process closes on October 13.  Nominations can be submitted to the USA Boxing office (info@usaboxing.org), or directly to members of the USAB Women’s Task Force.
 
Nominators and nominees must be members of USA Boxing.  In your email, be sure to include your name and member number, as well as your nominee’s name, contact information, and a few sentences about how this person has contributed to the betterment of girls and/or women’s amateur boxing in the United States.  
 
Awardees will be announced in December. 
 
* In 1993, as the result of a federal lawsuit filed by 16-year-old Dallas Malloy, girls and women gained the right to box at USA Boxing.  Malloy boxed Heather Poyner in the first official women’s amateur boxing match sanctioned by USA Boxing, and held in the state of Washington.
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