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By Julie Watson | Jan. 06, 2020, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

TULSA, Okla. Jan. 6, 2020 –Through an exclusive licensing and marketing agreement, Ready to Fight Parkinson’s Specific Boxing program (RTF) is now the official therapy-boxing program utilized and endorsed by USA Boxing, the National Governing Body for Olympic-style boxing, RTF’s CEO Aaron Sloan announced today. Sloan, owner and head coach of Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Gym, developed the program in 2016. RTF uses traditional boxing training techniques to address specific symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects over a million people in the United States.
The Colorado Springs-based USA Boxing will make the RTF program available to its registered boxing gyms and coaches nationwide through a certification and training process administered under the guidance of Coach Sloan.
“USA Boxing is excited to partner with Ready to Fight to provide physical and emotional support to Parkinson’s boxers and families as they battle this terrible disease,” says Mike McAtee, USA Boxing’s Executive Director. 
“We are excited about this collaboration with USA Boxing,” says Sloan. “We have had such a positive response to our Ready to Fight program here in Oklahoma, and we’re looking forward to reaching even more people through this partnership. Ready to Fight was built on the fundamentals of boxing fitness and training, so it makes great sense to join forces with the national governing body for the sport.”
Research shows that a regular exercise program can be effective in reducing the severity of symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease, helping to improve motor control and balance, as well as overall fitness levels. RTF, a nurse developed, physician endorsed non contact boxing-based exercise program, specifically addresses the needs of individual’s diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease through traditional boxing drills, equipment and exercises tailored to combat those symptoms commonly associated with the disease. 
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Aaron Sloan is a registered cardiac nurse, President of the Oklahoma Local Boxing Committee, Vice-President of the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves franchise, a USA Boxing certified coach, judge and referee, and a certified 1 Star AIBA boxing coach. Coach Sloan developed the Ready to Fight Parkinson’s Specific program in 2016. He offers group and individual training for people with Parkinson’s disease from the Engine Room Gym in Tulsa, Okla. Coach Sloan has designed and implemented training programs for nationally ranked amateur and professional boxers as well as MMA standouts. In addition, he has worked with general fitness clients of all ages since 2009. Coach Sloan owns and operates Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Gym, which offers both competition and fitness training. www.readytofightboxing.com www.engineroomboxing.com
USA Boxing is the National Governing Body for Olympic-style boxing in the United States. USAB is a non-profit corporation and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. Responsible for training, competition and development for its sport, as well as nominating athletes to the U.S. Olympic, Youth Olympic, and Pan American Teams, USAB is also recognized by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) as the national federation responsible for the governance of the sport of boxing in the United States. With over 40,000 members, including athletes, coachers, officials, physicians and administrators, USA Boxing sanctions all Olympic-style boxing competition in the United States. www.teamusa.org/usa-boxing