A Call for Athletes

Feb. 22, 2014, 11:32 a.m. (ET)

Saturday, February 22, 2014 

Message Sent on Behalf of Dr. Charles Butler, President, USA Boxing 

Dear Friends in Boxing, 

The United States needs to regain its rightful place as a world leader in the sport of boxing. We are unique among Olympic sports in providing free coaching and training to our athletes as far as our money will go. Financial limitations prevent us from providing the highest level of training to more than one in a thousand of our athletes. We have many incredibly talented young men and women who could bring great honor to the sport and to our country if they had the opportunity to receive the highest levels of coaching in Colorado Springs. 

To change this situation, we want to open the doors for more athletes who want to be stars in the world of boxing. We need young athletes with incredible talent, reflexes, willingness to work and determination to win. If you are a young athlete whose family, friends or if you can find a sponsor to support your training, we want to offer you the opportunity to come to Colorado Springs to live and train with us. We will invite you to "work out" and be evaluated by our coaching staff.

As a self or sponsor supported athlete who would be Olympic age eligible for 2016 and who is evaluated as capable of winning a medal by the time of the Olympic qualifiers and Games, you will be invited to live and train in Colorado Springs along with our elite athletes who have won this right.

Self-supporting or sponsored athletes will not be used to replace any athlete who has earned the right to such training. Self-supported athletes will not receive stipends. Self-supporting athletes will receive the highest level of daily training that we can provide. As a self supported athlete, you will be placed in a strong position to earn potential elite athlete status the following year.

If you believe you have the talent, work ethic, and can find family or sponsor support, please contact Ryan Price in the USA Boxing Membership Department at (719) 866-2323 and leave a message with your name, email and phone number and we will notify you of the try out date. This is an opportunity to achieve greatness in the sport of boxing. If you have everything it takes, we want to hear from you.

Senior members of USA Boxing or those with friends who have the heart to support such a deserving athlete, we ask your help to make this project work.

Yours in Boxing,