USA Boxing announced today Naomi Graham (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Joseph Hicks (Grand Rapids, Mich.) will serve as team captains leading into and during next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
“I am so excited to be newly selected as a captain for the USA Boxing team,” stated Graham, the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing Champion and Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. “We are a team that is motivated, dedicated to continue growth and passionate about gold medals, which is something I inspire to continue to bring to the table, while remembering leadership is an actual word, not a position.”
When asked what it felt like to be named one of the captains, Hicks stated one of his favorite quotes, “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” The middleweight added, “being named captain is an opportunity to become everything people said I wouldn’t be, so I thank them for the motivation to helping me get to this position.”
“I’m delighted for both Naomi and Joe. It’s a great honor to be selected by their peers for the position of captain for their respective teams,” said Billy Walsh, USA Boxing Head Coach. “Both bring good qualities to the position, and we look forward to working together to put Team USA on top of the podium.”
The captains were selected by a vote of the 13 Olympic Qualification team members during the last training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.