It is so shameful that teen violence has been in the news so often. It seems as although it has increased recently. Honestly, I am not sure of the exact numbers of violence with teens today verse a year ago or two, but it feels like there have been more deaths at the hands of teenagers. I am not sure that it can all be blamed on gang violence or absent parents. But I think that more programs need to be created in order to offer interesting outlets for teenagers. Sports are ideal for this overall.
Boxing's beginnings are grounded in taking so-called 'troubled youths' and introducing them to physical training. The Chicago Park Districts have boxing programs sprinkled all over the city. So, I think it is time for the private sector to offer similar options and do their part. POW! Mixed Martial Arts, in Chicago's West Loop will be offering teens a chance to try boxing training on Thursday afternoons. Of course there are some basic rules for them to follow: 1.) their parents must accompany them on their first visit, 2) they must wear athletic clothes, no jeans, colors, t-shirts with affiliations, 3) no swearing or spitting, 4) they must be on-time, 5) they must follow all instructions and participate completely. I think it is fair.
The good thing is that the bigger risk facing teens is actually heart
disease. It has been reported that 1 in 5 teens is at risk for heart
disease including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so getting
involved in a boxing program (anywhere or a sport) will actually divert
them from two threats and fears parents and society as a whole is
currently experiencing -
1.)their teen being involved in violence or,
2.) suffering an illness that is completely avoidable.
To find out more information about getting your teen involved in boxing you can contact the
Chicago Park District. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
To contact POW about your teen taking a free boxing class on Thursday afternoon you can call 312-829-7699.
Here are the existing Chicago Park that Boxing Programs.
|Altgeld Park||515 S. Washtenaw Ave.||60612|
|Armour Square Park||3309 S. Shields Ave.||60616|
|Bessemer Park||8930 S. Muskegon Ave.||60617|
|Brooks Park||7100 N. Harlem Ave.||60631|
|Calumet Park||9801 S. Ave. G||60617|
|Clarendon Park Community Center||4501 N. Clarendon Ave.||60640|
|Columbus Park||500 S. Central Ave.||60644|
|Davis Square Park||4430 S. Marshfield Ave.||60609|
|Fuller Park||331 W. 45th St.||60609|
|Garfield Park||100 N. Central Park Ave.||60624|
|Hamlin Park||3035 N. Hoyne Ave.||60618|
|Loyola Park||1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.||60626|
|Scottsdale Playground Park||4620 W. 83rd St||60652|
|Sheridan Park||910 S. Aberdeen St.||60607|
|Simons Park||1640 N. Drake Ave.||60647|
|Taylor Park||41 W. 47th St.||60609|