USA Boxing, a non-profit organization, has announced it has a musical artist in its corner this year. Recording artist DICI will donate 100% of the net proceeds from every download of his new song, “Five Rings,” to USA Boxing to benefit their 1,700 member clubs. Beginning today, boxing and sports fans around the globe can rally behind Team USA boxers heading to Tokyo with a focus on supporting local boxing clubs that help shape the lives of future champions in and out of the ring.
Sports and music enthusiasts can go to https://dicimusic.bandcamp.com/track/five-rings to download “Five Rings.” The cost to purchase the song is $1.00, with an option to make an additional donation of any amount to USA Boxing clubs nationwide. Still early in its rollout, “Five Rings” is scoring rave reviews from music critics and radio stations.
“Like anything in life, success comes with hard work, dedication, and sacrifice - all values found, taught, and learned inside the four walls of local USA Boxing clubs,” said Mike McAtee, Executive Director of USA Boxing. “We’re thrilled to have such a generous and talented songwriter like DICI on our team. DICI’s song “Five Rings,” provides an engaging way to showcase the sport and raise essential dollars required to keep USA Boxing clubs funded and operating on a local level,” added McAtee.
Local USA Boxing clubs play a significant role in communities, especially those that are under-resourced. They offer more than just a location to train, compete, and foster future medalists. They provide a safe haven, a sense of belonging, and a place where youth of all ages learn life skills that enable them to reach their fullest potential. More than 67% of USA Boxing’s members are multi-cultural. Through the dedication of coaches, trainers, referees and volunteers, including first responders, hundreds of thousands of people benefit from the positive impact local USA Boxing clubs provide.
The song “Five Rings” came about after DICI read the 17th Century literary classic, “The Book of Five Rings” written by Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. “The book is all about working hard and sticking to one’s training - that’s boxing! The discipline, sacrifice, mental toughness, and grit that boxers endure reaching their peak performance is what motivated me to throw myself into my craft and dream to become a hip-hop artist. It also inspired the song’s lyrics,” explained DICI.
Wildly hypnotic lines accompanied by an urban and catchy beat include: “Five rings, five rings/I sing, I sing I’m the sky/I fly away…I’m in the wind, the sky/I’m here to win, survive.” The song’s video shows DICI focused and concentrating while simulating boxing movements.
DICI was introduced to boxing thru his personal trainer and recently started taking professional lessons. His first professional boxing lesson was on camera for the making of the “Five Rings” video. He wanted to pay tribute to the sport by incorporating it into video. DICI’s compilation of songs on Youtube has reached over 1 million views.
Dici, 17, who is multicultural of Japanese, Italian, and American lineage, resides in Miami, attended school in Japan, and speaks fluent Japanese. The modern-style rapper, producer, and entrepreneur is mindful of what it takes to be successful, no matter what ones pursuit. “I’m grateful to be in a position where I can help the sport of boxing and young people like myself pursue their passion. While I’m no Floyd Mayweather or Rashida Ellis, I’m honored to be part of the journey to help amateur boxers succeed,” added DICI.
USA Boxing has qualified nine boxers to compete in the Tokyo Games later this month in Japan, with strong medal hopefuls in all contending weight classes. To help support USA Boxing clubs nationwide, go to https://dicimusic.bandcamp.com/track/five-rings to download “Five Rings.”