Accolades for Volunteers in Women's Boxing at USAB: 1993-2008

Jan. 05, 2009, 11:48 a.m. (ET)
It's been 15 years since USA Boxing first allowed female boxers the chance to officially compete as amateur boxers in the United States.  We've come a long way since 1993, and many boxers have enjoyed the opportunity to box on the local, regional, national and international levels.  Those boxers would not have been able to participate if not for the volunteers who make amateur boxing possible.  

The USAB Women's Task Force requested USA Boxing membership to publicly acknowledge the work of volunteers who have specifically been part of the growth and development of female boxing since 1993.  Close to fifty volunteers were nominated by their peers for their pioneering, steadfast and enthusiastic support of girl and women boxers in the United States.  These volunteers have served membership -- administrators, officials, physicians, coaches and boxers -- in many ways, and with a passion that makes a demanding sport both fun and challenging for all participants.  

Please join the Women's Task Force in thanking these volunteers for their service, and congratulating them on the growth and development of girls' and women's boxing at USA Boxing, Inc.  Each accolade reciepient is listed, along with the specific work for which they were nominated:

Dawn Barry, official
Cindy Bohmont, coach
Marilyn Boitano, physician
Ken Butler, official
Rick Carrillo, official
Bonnie Canino, organizer
Dave Chaplin, official
Sean Curtin, official
Linda De La Paz, official
Jeanne DePriest, official
Martha Dodson, physician
James Downing, coach
James Ferguson, coach
Sue Fox, publicity
Angel Franklin, official
Kevin Franklin, official
Kevina Franklin, official
Deirdre Gogarty, coach
Robin Goodfellow, physician
David Hernandez, official
Dick Hildebrandt, coach
Jeaneene Hildebrandt, administrator
Pamela Hodge, administrator
Bruce Kawano, coach
Ray Kerwick, coach/official
Cap Kotz, coach
Melanie Ley, official
Christine Lopez, official
Dallas Malloy, organizer
Sandy Martinez-Pino, administrator 
Alan Nadar, administrator
Julie Neisz, official
JoAnn Newman, official
National PAL, organizer
Adam Pollack, coach
Yvonne Reis, organizer
Lucia Rijker, organizer
Michael Rivest, official
Krysti Rosario, official
Mercedes Rosario, official
Bob Russo, official
Dawn Sanchez, administrator
Al Simpson, coach
Marty Smith, official
Mark Streisand, organizer
Becky Suazo, official
Pete Suazo, official 
Faith Wolfley, official
Jerry Wright, official

These volunteers were honored in this month's USA Boxing magazine.  Each volunteer was also sent a certificate of appreciation.  We honor these officials, administrators, physicians and coaches, for the kindness, generosity, and support they've shown to female boxers through the years.

Officials help keep our sport safe by following rules and regulations.  Officials simultaneously encourage participation while ensuring fair play, working countless hours at events.  Officials keep coaches and boxers, as well as other officials, to a high standard that improves the reputation of our sport.  Referees, judges, timekeepers, clerks and inspectors volunteer their time and resources to make competitions possible.  

Physicians look after the health of our boxers by following guidelines and staying current on medical research.  They conduct pre-bout physicals, sit ringside where they observe each and every bout, and conduct post-bout physicals on every boxer.  Competitions require the presence of a ringside physician, and their presence ensures that our sport stays safe for participants.  Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathy also counsel and consult with boxers, coaches and officials who have medical questions and concerns.

Coaches teach boxers the rules, skills, tactics and strategies of amateur boxing, putting in countless hours in gyms, preparing boxers for success, and at competitions.  Coaches show true passion for the sport and its participants.  A boxing coach tries to get the best out of each boxer on their team, working to improve both skill and confidence.  The coach's jobs are too numerous to list, as they vary from maintaining a safe training facility to teaching skills to taking boxers to competitions.  A good coach can recognize talent, develop skill, nurture development, facilitate success, and make a boxer feel as though they were born to box.  

Administrators and organizers help gyms and LBCs operate smoothly for the betterment of boxers, and help find the best way to grow and develop boxers within communities.  Organizers put on shows and tournaments to give our boxers opportunities to compete and improve, and ensure safe and fair play by creating competition atmospheres based on USA Boxing rules and regulations.  Organizers do many things to make competitions possible, including finding participants, setting up rings, running concession stands, buying medals and trophies, and coordinating efforts of officials.

The dedication of volunteers in our organization makes our sport possible, keeps it fun, and keeps it safe.  Thank you to all volunteers in amateur boxing.