CITY OF OGDEN,
Mayor Glenn J.
WHITE BOXING PROGRAM
1. Briefly describe the structure of
The Marshall White Center boxing
program has attracted many of Ogdenís inner-city youth over the many years of
operation. Boxing is a structured program of physical conditioning, developing
self-esteem, positive attitudes, self worth, and helping teens learn to deal
with anger and conflict in a controlled situation. Each teen is taught self
discipline and learns to control their anger by channeling their energy through
The boxing program is a drop-in
program. Young people are encouraged to attend practices year round four nights
a week. An experienced volunteer coach is present for the practices. The
Marshall White Center hosts three tournaments a year and provides transportation
for our participants to attend tournaments and matches out of the city area.
All our young people participating in
the Marshall White Center boxing program are USA/American Boxing Federation
registered. There is a one time nominal registration fee per year. This fee pays
for the registration of each of the teens with the USA/ABF. As USA/ABF members
our teens can box in any USA/ABF sanctioned match or tournament nationally. All
the boxing matches at the Marshall White Center are USA/ABF
The MWC Boxing program consists of the
following activities and programs:
- MWC Boxing Program involves youth in
a structured program of fitness and conditioning four days per week throughout
- MWC Boxers are given the opportunity
to workout with other members of the club as well as participate in
tournaments and matches throughout the area.
- All members of the boxing team must
sign a code of conduct and promise to remain drug and alcohol free.
- MWC provides opportunities for
members of the boxing team to participate in fund-raising activities for their
club as a service project for the community.
- The MWC Boxing Team actively
recruits membership for their own Boxing Advisory Board. This Advisory Board
consists of five members between the age of 13-21 years old. They will be
charged with giving input for members of the boxing team, recruit other teens,
recommend activities and assist with program development.
- Members of the Boxing Team are given
educational opportunities to become involved in anger resolution workshops and
drug resistance education.
2. When was the program created and
The Marshall White Community Center is
located in the heart of Ogdenís inner-city. The surrounding area represents
48.4% minority population, 23.5% single parent households and an unemployment
rate of 23%. This area is one of the oldest sections of Ogden and over the past
10 years has seen a decrease in population in excess of 10%.
Ogden has experienced a great increase
in crime, vandalism and gang related activities in the past 18 months. For the
last five years the Marshall White Center has remained a sort of "safe haven"
for the neighborhood youngsters.
The Marshall White Center has operated
a recreational Boxing program for 23 years and has recognized that this program
has not only produced champions, but has also addressed some areas in the lives
of our youth, who because of lack of parental involvement, poor self esteem,
economically disadvantaged become prime candidates for gang recruitment and
The Marshall White Center Boxing
Program has been very instrumental as a deterrent to gang activities. This
program is designed to take young people off the streets and place them in an
activity they can enjoy and can excel in. The young people from the inner city
areas that participate in this program often are those who have no other place
in the community to belong, which presents the greatest threat of gang
involvement. They come to the Marshall White Center and are offered an
opportunity to belong to the program which leads to a feeling that they belong
to the center and to the community.
3. How is the program
The Marshall White Center boxing
program operates from funds generated through registration fees ($35.00 per
years), through fund-raisers (Host four to five boxing tournaments yearly which
average $600.00 profit after cost), and through grants which are submitted
yearly to the Neighborhood Development Enterprise Initiative Grants, W.C.
Swanson Foundation, and Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile
4. How is the community involved in the
program, if at all? How has the community responded to the
Below is just a small list of
organizations that are involved with our collaborative efforts to address the
gang problems in our community:
United Way of Ogden, Ogden City
Recreation, Ogden City Police - Gang Task Force, Ogden City Police - Letís Play
Program, Ogden Housing Authority - Youth sports Program,
Weber State University, Utah Jazz
Basketball, and Salvation Army of Ogden.
We have made remarkable success with
many teens and kept many kids out of trouble through our boxing program. The
Marshall White Community Center and Ogden City recognize that the Crime and
Violence in our community can be combated, but the effort must come from all
organizations within the City. It recognizes that "IT TAKE A WHOLE VILLAGE TO
RAISE A CHILD."
5. What are major lessons learned from
We have recognized that the crime and
violence in our community are a real and dangerous problem. With an increase in
crime in the past year, it has become apparent that programs like the Marshall
White Center boxing program must be available as an alternative for crime and
gang activities. If the community doesnít provide a place for our young people
then the gangs will. In order to achieve any success in combating this problem,
it requires a strong collaborative effort with the community and with all
organizations within the city.
We have learned that there are three
basic elements required for the success of this program:
1. It is essential that the program
have a consistent, positive, adult role model who is knowledgeable in boxing and
can challenge, support and coach these young people. If the participants respect
their coach then they begin to find respect in themselves and what they are
2. When members of the community
support the program by attending matches and tournaments the boxers begin to
develop a greater sense of pride in themselves, in the center and in the
community. It is imperative that the boxing program invites and encourages
community members to attend matches and tournaments. It has been demonstrated
that when the participants compete in tournaments with members of the community
present to cheer them on, they generally stay in the program longer.
3. We have learned that the more
organizations involved in the program the more our young people
Director, Marshall White Community
222 28th St.,
Ogden, Utah 84401
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