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Local leaders and fighters support ‘Keep Violence in the Ring’

By ThisIsReno

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will host a press event on Monday, March 15 with local dignitaries and fighters in support of “Keep Violence in the Ring” – a program that focuses on sending a message to youth that violence in the streets is not a way to solve problems. The program also shows young people that including sports and athletic competition in one’s life can be a way to stay out of trouble and learn valuable lessons such as discipline, dedication and sportsmanship. The concept aims at having professional fighters mentor youth about the importance of learning how to fight in safe and controlled environments with experts, and that doing so can have a positive effect on their lives.

First Lady Dawn Gibbons, Secretary of State Ross Miller, and Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick along with boxers Jesse Brinkley (IBF #2), Karim Mayfield, and MMA fighters Josh Turner and Buddy Roberts will be attending.

“Our youth may be less than half of the population but 100% of our future.” Says First Lady Gibbons. “This investment of time spent with professional athletes is well spent for mentoring our most precious resource, our youth.”

Secretary of State, Ross Miller, trains and studies mixed martial arts and knows firsthand the parallels between life and hand to hand athletic competition.

“When I work out with the mixed martial arts fighters at the gym, I know that if i don’t stay focused, I wont succeed. In fact, i’ll get hurt. My passion for mixed martial arts comes from what I learn about – discipline, control, and commitment. These are lessons that you carry through life. The fighter who wins in the ring can win in life because they’ve learned those lessons.”

Washoe County District Attorney, Richard Gammick agrees.

“I am proud to be with these professional fighters at the Boys and Girls club to help mentor and encourage our youth in Nevada. Connecting with our young people is an important aspect of public service. Encouraging them to make positive choices is part of the job I love most.”

Mayfield, Turner and Roberts will be fighting on March 19th on the “Reno Xtreme Fights III” professional boxing and mma show at the Grand Sierra Resort.
Who: Dawn Gibbons, Ross Miller, Richard Gammick, Jesse Brinkley, Karim Mayfield, Josh Turner, Buddy Roberts

  • What: Press Event for “Keep Violence in the Ring”
  • When: March 15th – 5 pm
  • Where: Boys and Girls Club  2680 E. 9th St. Reno, Nev. , in the boxing gym.

For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, visit www.BGCTM.org.