Joliet, IL, March 22, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Will County Boxing Gym opened its doors in September 2009. Since then over 400 area youths have become members. The gym was the dream of Joseph Awinongya, an ex-professional boxer, who is a native of Ghana and traveled the world during his boxing career. With the support of boxing promoter Don King he fought in the United States and eventually landed in the Chicago area where he discovered the Joliet area had a strong boxing history.
For the past five years, Awinongya has dedicated his life in order to make his dream a reality. He now not only shares his passion for boxing but also teaches kids a strong work ethic, builds self esteem, and gives them a safe place to go that keeps them off the streets. In addition to boxing, being the publisher of Joliet Magazine and Bolingbrook Magazine he trains youth on all aspects of publishing and graphic design. Awinongya stated, “We all know the future of this country depends on the kids of today. Too many kids have lost their way and don’t have any direction; expectations of today’s youth are low and we need to step up and give them the opportunity to mature into becoming responsible adults.”
In the short time that the Will County Boxing Gym has opened, Awinongya has gained the support of state and local community leaders such as State Senator A.J.Wilhelmi, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz-Voots, Sheriff Paul Kaupas and several others. His vision for the gym has also caught the attention of Will County judges, probation officers, and youth counselors. He has built relationships with S.O.S. Children’s Village, the University of St. Francis and area elementary and high schools, to name a few. The positive feedback he has received includes reports of students behaviors improving and school grades rising with several of the youths.
Will County Boxing Gym’s Reality TV Show is televised throughout Will County-IL. Tickets are available for Will County Boxing’s Show Fight Night I- featuring boxers Kassandra Ochoa, Jay Amphy, Lizeth Calderon, Adrian Palacios, Derek Drey, Juan Martinez, Erik Sanchez, Larry Anderson, Raul Contreras and Elvis Cervantes on April 17th 2010. This will be the first fight for many or the boxers. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 6PM. Mike Mollo- Next Heavyweight Champion of the World- is currently training with Joseph and will have a bout at the UIC Pavilion on March 26th 2010.
To get involved in Joseph Awinongya's development project many contact him directly or contact his public relations specialist Valerie Ayertey at (877) 806-4611 or (630) 219-1076