Peaceful Warrior Program
It might seem strange for a boxing club to discourage fighting but that's exactly the goal of the Peaceful Warriors boxing club -- discouraging high school students from fighting. One of the goals, anyway.
The Peaceful Warriors club was established as an alternative to gangs and fighting on the street and in school.
Most of our high school students attend the Ring of Hope Boxing Club on a Peaceful Warrior scholarship. (Click here to sponsor a student or click on donate and send what you can.)
The brainchild of high school psychologist Rafael Medina, high school social worker Nathaniel Whylie and Ring of Hope Boxing Club of Schenectady fitness trainer Vince Kittle, the purpose of the club is to help disadvantaged youth develop positive life skills such as self discipline, responsibility, commitment and self control/anger management, as well as discover the art of boxing, through recreation and in some cases competition.
The program has three pillars for success: school attendance, positive behavior and academic responsibility. Peaceful Warriors also promotes good family health, community involvement, social issues awareness, drug-free lifestyles, and violence prevention.
“What we’ve seen,” Medina told The Record newspaper, “is a correlation between the program and positive outcomes across all three areas (of school attendance, positive behavior and academic responsibility)."
Young people take what they already know -- violence -- and learn to control it in a structured environment. "They control it, structure it, refine it, take ownership of it and turn it into an art form that's valued and respected," Kittle said.
Participants engage in weekly support group sessions as well as academic tutoring support as needed. A physical exam is required for students to participate.
For more information or to join Peaceful Warriors, contact Rafael Medina at (518) 580-1834, [email protected] or Nathaniel Wylie at (518) 364-1827.
Discipline, commitment, self control
Peaceful Warriors helps young men and women develop positive life skills such as discipline, commitment and self-control/anger management, as well as helping to provide support and maintain physical fitness.
Prior to admittance into program students are required to provide an updated physical examination report as well as clearance from a physician. Sparring with other participants will be permitted only with parental permission and will be carefully controlled by trainers to ensure the safety of all participants.For more information, contact Vince Kittle at 518-377-1811