Lathan Helps Launch “Fight For Your Future”

I attended a press conference on Friday announcing an exciting new initiative spearheaded by the New York State Athletic Commision chairperson Melvina Lathan, one which will aid boxers in gaining entry into high education slots. I will furnish a detailed report shortly, but in the meantime, check out this release which touches on the ambitious endeavor:

THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, THE NEW YORK STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION, USA BOXING METRO AND DAILY NEWS CHARITIES, INC. TO LAUNCH “FIGHT FOR YOUR FUTURE” PILOT PROGRAM FOR NEW YORK BOXERS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 AT KINGSWAY GYM

On Friday, November 21, at 11:00am, the City University of New York (CUNY), in conjunction with the New York State Athletic Commission, USA Boxing Metro and Daily News Charities, Inc., announced the launch of the “Fight For Your Future” pilot program that will provide professional and amateur boxers in New York State educational opportunities in order to help them compete in today’s economic environment. The announcement took place at Kingsway Gym, located at 1 West 28th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan.

The initiative will allow participants the opportunity to continue their education by either obtaining a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), enrolling in a CUNY undergraduate or graduate program and to be awarded scholarships based on academic merit to help them graduate from a CUNY school. Through this exciting new program, which is the first of its kind in the country, boxers will now have educational opportunities available to them that are much like those afforded to athletes in other sports.

Among the attendees were:

Allan H. Dobrin, Executive Vice Chancellor & Chief Operating Officer, CUNY

* Melvina Lathan, Chairwoman, New York State Athletic Commission

* Yvonne Williams, USA Boxing Metro, President

* Brian Adams, NY Daily News, Promotion and Community Affairs Manager

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Good work.


-The Commish :

This certainly is a fine idea, put into play by a boxing executive who cares in Melvina Lathan. "We know that nothing beats education, but so many of our young fighters come from backgrounds which do not encourage higher education," said Lathan,who, herself holds seversal degrees. "Our program will strive to get more education for those who seek to better themselves. Even for young men and women who become champions, higher education is always a plus, helping all of them out when their fighting careers have come to an end." I had the pleasure of meeting Allan H. Dobrin, the Executive Vice Chancellor and COO of CUNY. Mr. Dobrin and I chatted for around 15 minutes, and during that time, he told me that one of his dreams as a young fight fan back in the '60's was to become head of the New York State Athletic Commission. "That's how into boxing I am," said Mr. Dobrin. He told me of some of his favorite fights and fighters. One of his favorites is Gerry Cooney. I invited Mr. Dobrin to the SiriusXM studio to sit in on one of my shows. There, he'll be able to meet my co-host. He smiled like a kid in a toy store, being told "pick any toy you want." Mr. Dobrin loves boxing and watches it religiously. Young fighters who are seeking to further their education are fortunate there are people like Melvina Lathan, Yvonne Williams, Bryan Adams and Allan Dobrin in this world. -Randy G.