LAST Thursday's closing ceremony for the Mayhem Foundation Fighting for a Cause two-day summer camp at the YMCA, ended with competitions in several categories and presentation of certificates and medals to 69 campers.
Sarah Newland-Martin, executive director of the YMCA, repeated her request for the boxers to come on board by offering boxing as an option to the 135 boys who attend school at the YMCA.
She believes the discipline of boxing will serve them well and complement the other ports programmmes such as swimming, badminton and Taekwando are offered at the organisation.
Newland-Martin said the two-day camp proved beneficial to the summer programme at the YMCA and she hopes it will be repeated.
Chris Brown of Jamaica Genesis Entertainment, to which the 'fabulous five' boxers Sakima Mullings, Anthony Osbourne, Rudolph Hedge, Devon Moncrieffe and Tsetsi Davis are signed, gave his commitment to join the YMCA to offer boxing.
Brown said his aim is to develop boxing in Jamaica and joining forces with the YMCA would help achieve that objective.
Mullings said the boxers were happy to be giving back to the sport by being a part of the camp while looking for more opportunities to help.
The campers were introduced to boxing and the various exercises that help to produce good fighters. The exercises include suicide sprints, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, as well as some boxing techniques.
There were two special presentations on nutrition and hydration, and careers in boxing.
In addition to the boxers, there were other persons helping to instruct the campers. They included former boxer Richard 'Shrimpy' Clarke, referee Barrington Graham and trainer Godfrey Collins.
The campers were aged from five to 14 years and included both boys and girls.
The boxers now turn their attention to the next fight which is scheduled for September 29. Part proceeds from that event will be donated to Crayons Count as part of the foundation's fighting for a cause — this time education.
Mullings is set to battle Mark Austin of Guyana for the WBA Fedecaribe Welterweight belt, but this is dependent on the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control's JBBC) sanction.
The promoters are back in the court to get the Board to give its okay for the fight since it will again be using Rum Fire as its title sponsor. This goes against the wishes of the JBBC.