The sound of young fists smacking leather pads filled the air at Westville’s White Tail Pub as the local boxing club launched its first annual fundraiser Saturday.
Children and their coaches put on a punching pad demo on the pub’s dance floor, followed by a silent auction and live music later that evening. Money raised will allow Westville Boxing Club to keep offering free lessons to members under 18 and possibly pay for a new location where classes can be held.
“A lot of kids wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to join boxing or experience it without coming in and trying it out,” said Jackie Grant from the club’s parents’ committee.
She said that boxing offers benefits such as better self-esteem and allowing children to better interact with one another. In her view, the sport also builds strength of character.
Salt Springs parent Samantha Bradley, whose sons Logan and Liam are club members, echoed what Grant said.
“It’s really good for the kids to get out and be with the community and they love it and they’re learning a lot as they go,” said Bradley.
For young boxer Kieran Raisbeck, the most fun thing about boxing was “punching people,” as well as hanging out with friends.
He counts both of Bradley’s children among his friends at the club.
“I see Logan a lot but I don’t see Liam a lot,” said Raisbeck.
Coach Aaron Kinch, who presently runs the club by himself and could be seen busily trading blows with his students, helped found Westville Boxing Club.