"Boxing is not just about fighting, but about instilling structure in the lives of these youth"
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
Boxing San Antonio may seem like a tough and rough area for a tough sport but for Jason Mata, recipient of the Jefferson Award, boxing is just the thing needed by the at risk youth in his neighborhood at West Side, San Antonio. Through a comprehensive boxing program and a new boxing facility, Mata aims to keep the youth out of the streets and into the gym to help them lead better lives.
With a big heart for the youth, Mata started the boxing program in an outdoor gym in 1999 with his father Charlie who is a former Golden Glove boxing champion in the 1960’s. Hundreds and hundreds of kids have trooped to The Advocates of San Antonio Social Service boxing program since then. It is very important because the youth gets an alternative activity after school which teaches them a lot of integral values like discipline, self confidence, respect, honor, and sacrifice, apart from proper footwork, jabs, and defense.
According to Mata, boxing is not just about fighting but about instilling structure in the lives of these youth. Without the San Antonio boxing program, these same youth who are doing so well with school and staying out of trouble could have easily been a part of gangs, doing drugs, and getting pregnant too early. But with the help of the volunteers and the nonprofit organization they run, the kids have an even greater shot to make something good out of their lives. The difference this makes is massive, particularly in an area like West Side, where both petty and serious crimes are prevalent.
The parents of the youth participating in the San Antonio boxing gym are also very thankful for this outreach program. They see the positive change within their children and more important they are able to bring home the core values that they learn within the gym. Similarly, the group helps the families of these youth to get other social services that they need but do not have access too for some reason through the organizations vast network.
Everybody is welcome to train in this San Antonio boxing program but it does not mean anyone can go and spar in the ring immediately. The Mata and other trainers ensure that the youth are ready and equipped with the skills and abilities needed for the next level. This includes knowledge of how to throw punches, proper breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and defense work. Once the trainers see the individual handling these basic skills good then the ring is wide and ready.
For many, the boxing program may simply look like another sporting activity but for the at risk youth being catered by this facility, Mata provides them another way to live their lives which can ultimately lead to better futures for them. San Antonio boxing schedules are from Monday to Thursday, 5:30 to 7:00 PM.
The Advocates Social Services San Antonio is dedicated to helping at risk youth develop discipline, respect, sacrifice, honor, and self esteem through a rigorous boxing program that keeps the kids out of the streets and doing harmful things to themselves, to others, and to the community. The boxing San Antonio schedule is Monday to Thursday, 5:30-7:00 PM.