Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Sept. 11th Boxing event to benefit Boise PD Youth Programs

Sept. 11th Boxing event to benefit Boise PD Youth Programs

    Boise, Sept. 7, 2010 - Police Officers will coach one side, Firefighters will coach the other in a fierce but friendly face off in the boxing ring this Saturday, Sept. 11th. The bouts will benefit the Boise Police Activities League (PAL) and the Vista PAL Boxing Club.

    "PAL wants to help kids, including kids who may be at risk, to learn the sportsmanship and discipline that goes with a fun and dynamic sport like boxing," said Boise Police Det. Brian Holland. "Boxing is a sport with a lot of fundamentals, a lot of science in it's function and form, and we've seen a lot of kids really get into the sport and benefit from it."

    Det. Holland says the adults who volunteer with work with kids in the boxing ring also provide some very disciplined, positive role models for youth. Volunteers come from local police and fire departments, as well as other active adults from the community.

    "September 11th is really a fitting day for officers and firefighters to come together and volunteer our time in hopes of providing a brighter future for our community's young people.   We've seen involvement in boxing make some very positive changes in the kids we coach." said Det. Holland.

    What's Happening:

What: "Answering the Bell", presented by the Vista PAL Boxing Club

         17 Golden Glove style boxing bouts

When: Saturday, Sept. 11th, starts 7:00 p.m., doors open 6:00 p.m.

Where: Homecourt YMCA, 936 W. Taylor, Meridian (north off Franklin Rd between Meridian & Linder Roads)

Who's Boxing? Boxers competing will be ages 8 - 35 years

Who's Coaching? One side will be coached by volunteers from local police agencies, one side will be coached by volunteers from local fire departments.

Who will win? The Vista PAL Boxing Club will benefit by money raised. AND the coaches from the side with fewer wins gets to add a new, badly needed coat of paint to the Vista Boxing Club! 

Tickets: Available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6 - 12