Boxing Club laces up to fight homelessness


Izzy Reif ’18 and Chronicle staff writer Marcelo Blander-Rodriguez ’20 participate in the HW Boxing outreach trip. Credit: Jacob Lapin ’19

Anusha Mathur

HW Boxing Club members and coaches ran a boxing clinic for children ages 4 to 16 at an LA Family Housing transitional facility April 13. LA Family Housing is an organization that helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty by providing affordable housing and support services. Upper and middle school students at the workshop taught children the fundamentals of boxing.

Head of the HW Boxing Club Charles Connon ’18 coordinated directly with LA Family Housing to organize the event. He said he appreciated the opportunity to share his passion for boxing with children less fortunate than himself.

“My favorite part was being able to teach kids a skill that they can keep with them for the rest of their life and see them having fun,” Connon said.

The HW Boxing Club raises money to benefit LA Family Housing throughout the school year, and this event is the second time that club members traveled to one of their facilities.

“It was really meaningful because Boxing Club hosts fundraisers to support LA Family Housing, but it is another experience to meet and hang out with the people you have been trying to help,” club member Izzy Reiff ’18 said.