Coach Vince Kittle opened his first boxing gym in 2004 as a safe haven for young people, especially high school students in Albany and Schenectady, NY. The U.S. Marine Corps Boxing Hall of Fame champion, recognized the need for an outlet -- a club -- that offered an alternative to street gangs. "Many of the young people we serve are at risk just by virtue of the fact that they live in difficult circumstances. They're at risk of making poor choices. Boxing and boxing fitness are an attractive draw for many of them," Kittle said. When the building Kittle used was sold in 2006, Jeff Christiana entered the picture. Today, they offer boxing instruction and boxing fitness programs to youth and adults at the Ring of Hope Boxing Club, located at 118 Erie Blvd. Schenectady, NY
The Ring of Hope Boxing Club (formerly Schenectady Youth Boxing & Fitness) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, serving young people with physical fitness programs, mentoring and support, through after school and recreational programs. In addition, The Ring of Hope also offers instructional fitness programs for adults. Boxing has a long tradition of serving urban youth by introducing tools for self-discipline, character-building and dedication to a greater goal. It is an important outlet for many kids who are not interested in other sports by virtue of peer pressure or other circumstances. Under the direction of head coach Vince Kittle, who has more than 35 years experience coaching boxing and providing leadership to young people, the gym offers a variety of boxing fitness programs for kids, teenagers and adults.
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