(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – More than 50 people gathered this week as two of Kansas City’s newest boxing gyms celebrated their grand openings.
The Garrison and Gregg/Klice Boxing Clubs opened to much fanfare Monday, March 27, at the Garrison Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The years-long process of establishing these two gyms was only made possible through a partnership with KC Golden Gloves and the KCMO Parks and Recreation department.
“Our biggest accomplishment by far the last few years has been partnering with the KCMO parks department to open two new gyms in the KCMO area,” said Chris Walden, president of KC Golden Gloves. “Bringing boxing back to KCMO is great for the community and is key to our growth as it will provide more local competition for all clubs and make KC more competitive on a national level.”
The hard work put in by Garrison head coach Craig Cummings and Gregg/Klice head coach DeAndre Jackson has cemented their gyms as positive environments for boxers in the area. Around 20-30 boxers train at each gym every night, learning the tools it takes to succeed inside and outside the ring.
The Garrison Boxing Club, located at 1124 E. 5th St. in Kansas City, Missouri, offers boxing classes to youth ages 8-17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gregg/Klice Boxing Club, found at 1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way in Kansas City, Missouri, gives youth ages 8-17 the opportunity to step in the ring from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Boxers at both gyms will have the opportunity develop skills and discipline, and to compete in USA Boxing sanctioned competitions.
About KC Golden Gloves
KC Golden Gloves is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has been serving the youth of Kansas City since 1936. KC Golden Gloves supports boxing clubs in KC area through equipment donations, travel expenses, training coaches and officials, and providing scholarships.