Tuesday, July 16, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- For several decades now, the North Augusta Police Athletic League Boxing Club has put out a number of state, regional, and even national champs. Even a world champ here and there. But where they're winning most, keeping kids active and off the streets.
Terry Cade was a member of the club back when he was 11 years old. Now, he's a volunteer coach, just paying it back and paying it forward in the same breath.
"I just came back to do the same because kids get in trouble left and right," Cade said. "So I know for the two hours we have them in this gym, they're doing something positive."
Whether they're teenagers or the littlest of kids, most of them in the club take the opportunity to heart.
"It's the fun of the sport, it's like keeps you active, keeps you off the street and all of that," said Tez'waun Starlings. "A lot of people need to be off the streets, so this is the place you need to be."
Starlings, 13, is just one of the near 90 members of the club. They're here two hours a night, three days a week and they're learning more than boxing.
"Well, they taught us a lot of things, they taught us how to keep our heads up, and every time we lose, just like forget about it, you can come back and win another day," Starlings said.
"This is just something I've been wanting to do," added Rashid Slater. "I use to practice at home by myself and this is the sport that I'm good in."
This past May, the North Augusta club had two regional winners and three others finish second. Wins in the ring are great, wins outside the ring are even greater.
"I see kids now and I'm like I hope they can keep it straight road, and you know, get the education. It's more then boxing is a physical sport inside that ring," added Cade.
Jo-Anne and Noah Newman have been running the nonprofit club since 1975 and everyone who works there, unpaid. For the love of the sport and for the love of helping others is the payback they're looking for.