Today’s youth have a lot energy that sometimes . . . okay, all the time. . . needs an outlet, some direction and a lot of support. Many kids find that outlet by participating in football, soccer, lacrosse, track, basketball and baseball. But that requires help from parents and the community. There’s schlepping the youngsters to workouts and games and then there is the need for coaches, referees and facilities.
Luckily, in many areas of Dallas, the “village” comes together to provide those people and facilities. However, the Dallas Leadership Foundation recognized more than a couple of years ago that inner-city youths didn’t have that kind of support. These kids needed “a special outreach project that provided mentoring support for teens while also promoting physical fitness.” Thus, the DLF with the help of United Renovations undertook the creation of the Ring of Hope Boxing Club.
On Friday, October 15, 2010, the 8,000-square-foot facility in East Dallas was officially opened. The location was specifically selected because it was “within walking distance of three neighborhoods targeted by DLF throughout the year. ROH allows DLF to expand its efforts to reach youth and restore underserved Dallas communities.”
This Thursday the annual “A Night to Fight” fundraiser benefiting the ROH at the Frontiers of Flight Museum will start at 6:15 p.m. Of course, there will be entertainment, food, beverages and a raffle, but more importantly it will provide an opportunity for folks to learn how this DLF program is mentoring young people and making a major difference in their lives and in the community.
According to USA Boxing Certified Coach/volunteer Ray Sustaita, “I’m passionate about our cause and I truly believe we are making a difference in the lives of these kids.”
Joining the partnership in putting on this event is title sponsor Supreme Lending.