Grassroots Boxing Neutral Corner Nov

Nov. 05, 2012, 9:52 a.m. (ET)

Grass Roots Boxing Program in Colorado Springs

USA Boxing coach Brian Arrington works with dozens of athlete scholars several days each week at the Atlas Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He teaches boxing as part of Atlas’s After School Program which provides students the opportunity to participate in numerous community, sport and enrichment activities.  When Brian initially signed up for the program he believed he would coach 10 – 20 students once a week but then the school received 60 applications for the boxing after school program.   Brian enlisted the help of two other area coaches, Ron Melvin and Robert Meeks to help introduce the sport of boxing to these young people.  After school boxing is now in its second semester with 51 new students signed up. 

USA Boxing staff was invited to attend the October 4th “Showcase” presentation of the Atlas After School Program.  What a treat to see so many enthusiastic youth perform and report on their after school activities.  The boxing portion provided demonstrations of Push-ups, Mitt Drills, Jump Rope, Squats and Punching Bag.  The energy of these athlete scholars had the whole room buzzing!  With the support of Atlas Preparatory School as well as many local partners and sponsors, Brian and his coaching staff are hopeful that they will be able to establish a new boxing club at the school in 2013.  More information about the Atlas Preparatory School may be found at

USA Boxing is currently working to implement more school boxing programs across the U.S.  We are interested in receiving information on a successful boxing program in a school near you.