A new community center in La Crosse is teaching kids the value of discipline and hard work... in a unique way. Tonight Fox 25/48's Erin O’Brien explains more about "the good fight."
Kids come here to fight. The good fight. A new community center called The Good Fight, in downtown La Crosse, will target at risk youth ages 12 to 18.
It combines boxing with preparation for college and employment. Nathaniel Coleman junior has been teaching kids the sport of boxing for two years, but he started the new community center when he saw a greater need in the community.
The good fight boxing is kind of what saved my life when I was growing up in Chicago. Also, it teaches discipline, it allows a way to get out physical aggression in a safe environment and a way to get in shape.
“I haven't always been the greatest kid. I got in some fights at school that had to cut it out really quick. Once I started boxing I got better, I was more focused in school, I was less angry, it taught me focus.”
After the students are done training in here, they can head right next door and get extra help on college preparation, job applications, or whatever their futures might hold. For Madeline, that involves becoming a Marine.
“He’s been helping me with the process of it, with learning all the things you should know before you leave.”
Coleman says that learning to box is just like navigating life.
“You just watch people grow, you start with the first day where they're afraid to take a punch, and then they get more confident. Same thing in life, you take a punch in life you have to deal with it and you continue to fight, and you fight the good fight, hopefully.”
In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.
The good fight has sixteen kids already signed up to participate and they're still welcoming more.