Put your dukes up: boxing club teaches self-defense


Charles Connon ’18 trains with a member of the L.A. Family Housing Program on April 21. Printed with permission of Izzy Reiff.

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To increase their engagement in community service, members of the Boxing Club conducted self-defense classes to underprivileged children March 21 and sold bags of kettle corn and caramel corn to support the homeless March 25.
The boxing lessons and fundraiser supported LA Family Housing, which is a nongovernmental organization that provides low income affordable housing for families throughout Los Angeles.
Club leader Charles Connon ’18 serves as a member of LAFH’s Youth Action Council, which he said entails a combination of volunteering duties and interning with the corporation.
He decided to involve the Boxing Club in this charity work because it would allow them to teach more people how to box, which is one of the club’s goals, while serving the community.
“Boxing is a pretty social sport, so we thought we could bring boxing to the kids and teach them a sport that we enjoy at school,” Connon said.
Membes of the club also sold bags of Kettle Masters kettle corn and Le Bon Garcon caramel for $10 each on the quad March 25.
“Boxing Club is always trying to make purpose beyond ourselves, and I think doing these outreach events is not only good for our members to see how other people are because they’re not as privileged as Harvard-Westlake students, but it’s nice to reach out to the community,” Connon said. “Also, it’s just fun to go and get involved and make a difference in these kids’ lives.”