That's what Aprons for Gloves is all about. Founded this year by a variety of professionals from the service industry, the group is organizing a charity boxing tournament to help out The Astoria Boxing Club, an influential non-profit in the downtown eastside that recently closed. They want to assist head coach David Schuck launch the new Eastside Boxing Club, providing a space where he can continue his work as a mentor and trainer. In AfG's own words:
There were so many incredibly courageous young kids that relied on the mentorship of the coaches to guide them through life, even outside of the ring. When it was brought to our attention that the gym was in danger of closing, we felt that we had to do something to help. The gym has since been closed, leaving these kids (many of which are troubled youth) without a place to go that offers a positive environment and instills good moral values and work ethic. It was with this in mind that the Restaurant Rumble fundraiser was born!
A total of 63 contenders began a gruelling training schedule in April, and of those currently working on their upper-cuts, only 16 will make it to the Rumble on July 25th. Eligibility for the final round is based on which contenders reach their $2000 fundraising goal first, so check out all the bruisers here, decide on your favourites, and help them slug their way to the big show by donating.
Tickets go on sale in June, with the final event held on July 25th at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre. Help out this great cause and contribute today!