Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends

We always manage to get by with a little help from our friends …

Jackenson Dorelus with Coach Jaru and Coach Benoit

A small group of family and friends have joined me and Gail Megalouidis Rongen – Chairman of the Board of The Nicole Megaloudis Foundation – in helping Guepard Boxing Club in Cité Soleil.  We’ve funded a kitchen for the club that we expect to open his week.  The kitchen will feed 100 children four days every week.

Last week, Guepard participated in Le Championnat National de Boxe Scolaire, The National Scholastic Boxing Championship of Haiti, sponsored by the Haitian Boxing Federation [FHBA].  Six Haitian clubs participated in weight classes from 24 kilograms [52 pounds] to 60 kilograms [132 pounds].  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Guepard coaches sent me regular updates throughout the competition.

This is how one learns a language.  Their English is better than my Creole.  Our communications are patient and deliberate. 

Guepard boxed well through the three days.  Eleven of the 17 Guepard Boxers fought their way to the championship fight.  Five earned the gold medal and six earned silver.  The Federation presented Guepard the trophy as the top club in the competition.

The 100 children who train with Guepard Boxing Club in Cité Soleil are learning valuable lessons inside the boxing ring and outside the ring as well.  My friends and I are proud to stand behind coaches Jaru, Justin, Benoit, Jackson, and Jean as they work hard every day to make the world a better place to be.

If you would like more information on how you can help these Haitian heroes help make life better for these young boxers, please respond in a comment and I will get back to you faster than a one-two combination.

Jackenson Dorelus in Action.  Jackenson wears red ….

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4 Responses to Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends

  1. Randy Leavitt says:

    Congratulations to Guepard. These guys look like they know what they are doing. I boxed at the Academy. I knocked out my first opponent. I thought I was Rocky. I lost my next 5 fights. My coach told me he admired my courage, he thought I should try another sport.

    • tVM says:

      You will really enjoy my chapter in Tree Rings titled “Muhammad Ali.” Much of it reminisces the Academy experience. It’s already written, but I expect it to be a few chapters down the line.

  2. Jesse says:

    So proud to be a part of this with you, Pops!

    • tVM says:

      I am glad you are a part of this, too, Jesse. It is our human obligation to help and we’ve just chosen this as one way. I think you will REALLY enjoy the post I put up later today. They started feeding yesterday!

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