A fundraising evening for USA Boxing, the national governing body for U.S. amateur boxing.
The event raised funds for the Olympic training of U.S. amateur boxing athletes, as they prepare for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Unlike most countries in the world, the U.S. does not provide public funding for its Olympians and Olympic hopefuls.
The mission of USA Boxing is to support its athletes and coaches to achieve sustained competitive excellence, develop character and to promote and grow Olympic-style boxing in the U.S. For more information on USA Boxing, its athletes and the preparations for London, visit www.usaboxing.org. The event featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a meet and greet with athletes.
WHO: Host committee attendees included: Laila Ali, Evander Holyfield, Emanuel Steward, Michael Buffer, Larry Merchant, and more. Other attendees included Curt Menefee (Fox NFL Sundays, Showtime’s Showbox), former Olympic Gold Medalist boxer Henry Tillman, Olympic Gold Medalist boxer Paul Gonzalez, Olympic track athletes Leroy Dixon and Rodney Martin.
Olympic hopefuls training to become members of the USA Boxing Olympic Team, who will compete in London this summer, including: Light Flyweight Santos Vasquez, Lightweight Jose Ramirez, Light Welterweight Jamel Herring, Middleweight Terrell Gausha, Light Heavyweight Marcus Browne, Heavyweight Michael Hunter and Super Heavyweight Dominic Breazale. The men’s team is training in Los Angeles before The Americas Qualifier May 5-12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Evander Holyfield sharing his insights and advice with the young Olympic boxing hopefuls.
Laila Ali expressing her excitement for the first year Women’s Boxing will be included in the Olympic Games.