Claressa Shields Offers Free Boxing Opportunity To Flint-Area Youth

She is the undisputed women's middleweight champion.

Two-time Olympic gold winner and undisputed women’s middleweight champion Claressa Shields has been lauded for giving free lessons to the youth at the same gym where she became a boxing prodigy.

Shield does not shy away from bringing the art of boxing back to her community.

Recently, teenagers grabbed the media’s attention when they lined up inside AT Fitness to practice rhythmic punching. The two-time Olympic gold medalist moved down the line, watched the punches and assisted the kids.

During the training sessions, Shields would lightly tap her glove on a child’s temple to demonstrate that they failed to shield their face after lowering their palm to their chest after taking a jab.

The boxing lessons are offered from Monday to Friday. It will be a two-hour class from 5pm to 7pm, wherein the first two days, the kids will be taught the basics of punches such as jabs, hooks, and uppercuts.

Despite the fact that the program is free for students, the Shields Community Outreach Corporation still needs financial support. Participating families or other community members can make donations. Donations can include cash as well as boxing equipment like gloves and wraps.

Shields hopes to grow the initiative and assist young people in reaching the level where they may engage in competitive boxing.

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