I attended Brawl For A Cause in 2018 as a spectator and was inspired to participate; to raise funds for a worthy cause while reigniting my passion for fitness and Individual sports.
The beneficiary of my bout is Shepherd Center; a specialized hospital with positive spirit, resilience and innovation in rehabilitation for injuries to the spine or brain. The SHARE initiative at Shepherd focuses on addressing the needs of military personnel dealing with injury and PTSD. Over a quarter-century ago, I sustained a spinal injury in Marine Corps officer training; forcing separation from the service and an abrupt change in my life's direction. Shepherd Center provides unmatched care for our Military Members and First Responders who have their lives altered, mentally and physically, while protecting ours.
Come see some exciting full-contact amateur boxing sanctioned action, in a fun evening with friends; or just donate to help Shepherd in their mission to heal warriors.
Semper Fi. Let's Brawl and raise some bucks!
(donations are tax deductible)
P.S. as of Wednesday April 3rd:
In a disappointing and fairly last minute decision, the sanctioning authority for Brawl For A Cause has been changed from USA Boxing (which regulates and promotes the amateur sport from US Olympic Committee headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO) to a sport karate/kickboxing group in Florida; along with a rules and equipment change. Historically this event has been sanctioned by USA Boxing and enjoyed its expertise, resources and credibility.
Yesterday afternoon USA Boxing notified its membership that anyone participating in Brawl For A Cause would have their amateur boxing Passbooks suspended indefinitely and memberships canceled. This warning also applies to certified coaches, refs, judges, or physicians working the event. Along with a love and respect for the institution that is western Olympic-style boxing, Rory and I both have an interest in future competitions; so we will not participate. Furthermore I would not ask our dedicated professional coaches to potentially damage their livelihoods by cornering for us.
Please know that your donations will still go to Shepherd Center and Pace Academy and the event will still be great fun and worth attending; you just won’t see me or my son boxing. Thank you for the support and understanding.