Champs Boxing Club
Location: New Rochelle
Combat sport: Boxing
Focus areas: Boxing, personal development, life skills
Joined the FFP Alumni: November 2013
Contact: Ryan O’Leary
Coach Ryan O’Leary has been a mainstay on the NYC boxing scene for many years now, always with the same philosophy of supporting his young boxers both inside and outside of the ring. Champs Boxing Club in New Rochelle seeks to provide young boxers with personal development and support in their lives, as well as high quality boxing training and a safe place to be off the streets.
Alongside Michelle Herzl, herself a coach, boxer and nutritionist, Ryan is working to take his philosophy and develop it into a tangible range of youth services. Champs have subsequently started delivering the LIFE Series – a personal development class for young people where they can learn life lessons on anything from school and bullying to health and fitness.
With the support of FFP, Champs will be expanding the LIFE Series to reach more young people and develop an age appropriate curriculum that covers topics that are both relevant and engaging. In addition, Champs will be delivering more structured youth support services and utilising their existing young people to engage in community outreach and schools programmes.