Holyoke Boys and Girls Club unveils new boxing gym, museum

Hampden County

Holyoke’s boys and girls will soon enjoy the benefits of boxing discipline but without the violence of hitting each other.

Thirteen-year-old Calet Sanchez, an eighth grader at the Kelly School will be among the first to enroll in the program where boxing will be a non-contact sport.

The Holyoke Boys and Girls Club Thursday unveiled its new boxing gym and museum honoring the cities rich history as a leader in New England amateur boxing.

The gym will provide Holyoke children with lessons through boxing training to help enhance their lives.

“What they’ll get out of it, they’ll learn discipline, character building teamwork, leadership role, just being part of the program offers something different that they weren’t used to in the past,” said Ann Mann of the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club. 

The unique program unveiled Thursday afternoon will have the young people utilizing traditional boxing equipment and techniques into a character building exercise. 

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