|Duffey's Boxing/Fitness Ministries, Inc. helping Golden Kiwanis with book drive|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
March 31, 2006 - C.J. Duffey got into boxing as a young man, but he knows the values and disciplines it helped instill in him can help people of all ages.
That's part of the impetus behind the emphasis he is putting on the change in his boxing and fitness gym to a boxing and fitness ministry.
Duffey has spearheaded the development of a non-profit organization that is working with school personnel, probation officers, ministers, service clubs and others to give troubled youths and young adults an outlet and a focus for their energy - boxing.
Duffey's Boxing/Fitness Ministries, Inc., in conjunction with Golden "K Kiwanis, is hosting an afternoon of amateur boxing as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis reading program. The boxing exhibition is set for Saturday, April 8, and possibly April 9. The matches will begin at 1 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Middle School gym. Weigh-in is from 9-11 a.m., with physicals at noon.
Admission for a ringside seat is $7, general admission seats are $5, and children under 5-year-old get in free.
Duffey said the afternoon of pugilism is not only to raise money for the reading program, but to raise awareness of what the ministry is all about.
"God is good, and He has been good to me," Duffey said. "A lot of these kids just need love. They're looking for it, searching for it, and will do anything you ask them if you give it to them.
"We're not just giving them something to do with their time, but we're working on their hearts as well."
The Board of Directors for the program includes District Judge Robert Newsom, Sheriff Butch Adams, adult probation department officials, school personnel and ministers.
"We've got a wonderful program that has a lot of support. We've got on our board Judge Robert Newsom, Sheriff Butch Adams, probation officers, people who work with school kids - there are a lot of interest in helping these kids out," said Duffey. "We've already got some young people here as terms of probation, because we're going to work with them to keep them out of trouble."
Duffey is a former professional boxer who now spends his time running his gym out of the Sulphur Springs Fitness Center. He not only trains amateur boxers, he also helps the average person who wants to use boxing techniques as part of their fitness program.
Duffey is not only living proof of what boxing can do for an individual, he has seen it in others. And, he has seen what loving discipline can do.
"We are giving them an outlet that they can funnel their energy into it," he said. "But, you have to have more than that. You can't just deal with their hands, you have to deal with their hearts.
"There's a lot of people hurting out there, and it's in here that's hurting," he said, pointing to his heart.
For more information on the youth boxing tournament on April 8 or about Duffey's Boxing/Fitness Ministries, Inc., contact him at 903-413-0067.