With children out of school for spring break it can be a challenge to keep them active and engaged. An Olympic boxing coach is aiming to change that. Instead of charging his usual fee of hundreds of dollars for a youth workout, he is hosting his sessions for free.
Inside Mick Doyle's northwest Omaha boxing ring, coach Wilfred Davis was prepping a small group of fighters for Omaha's Golden Gloves. “I enjoy creating champions."
While these boxers will fight Friday night in competition, Davis is also helping in another fight, keeping youth engaged during and even after spring break is over. “When you are taking up boxing you really find out a lot about a person."
Coach Davis' youth boxing program is held inside a different ring across town, the Adams Park Community Center. “Right now, we are averaging about 10, 15 a workout, but we need 50, 70 or 100, the more the better."
Just as these athletes train for the chance to become the winner inside the ropes, coach Davis hopes he can empower more youth as well. “Once they build up their motivation they feel proud of themselves. A lot of kids don't have motivation and discipline because they are too afraid, but once they take up that boxing, it really brings a lot out of a kid."
Davis' boxing program is part of Omaha Parks and Recreation’s top 10 activities for the month of March. The non-contact boxing workouts are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Adams Park Community Center at 30th and Bedford. It's free for youth if a parent signs them up. Call the Adams Park Community Center at 402-444-5164 for more information.