A story with a lesson for every sport…
The baseball rose rapidly; a hit off of legendary Babe Ruth’s bat. All eyes in the huge stadium were fixed intently on the ball’s trajectory: Would it be the record breaker? Then the ball cleared the fence for home run number 60—an all time record! The crowd reacted dramatically, rising in terrific excitement; 60,000 people, screaming and shouting. Babe Ruth had done it! That 1927 game marked one of the most memorable moments in sports history: a Home Run record which lasted for decades. Ruth was ennobled by adoring fans and reporters as having had “The best season any player ever had.”
However, 1927 was a year for Ruth in which he actually struck out at the plate 89 times. That’s right—far more often, Babe struck out instead of landing those home runs. Ruth experienced a mid season slump, where he had a devil of a time connecting with the ball—certainly nothing close to a home run slug. At one point during this slump, Ruth was frustrated enough to angrily kick, and dent, his team’s water cooler.
Two of our boxers, Jonathan Rubio and Pedro Madriz (aka “Lobo”), fought at the Battle of the Kennel 7 in San Leandro last Saturday, April 5th. Unfortunately, Lobo didn’t get the decision this time around–but young Jonathan was able to bring home the victory against Javier Gradilla, a tough fighter and Silver Gloves champ from Modesto PAL. It was a good match, and Jonathan had this to say of his experience:
“I had good training, but I was still a little nervous. We were bout #10, right after intermission. I was in the blue corner and warmed up by shadow boxing. In the first round I came in throwing jabs, later catching him with a big left so I felt like I had won that round. Round 2 [Gradilla] came in harder, so I had to throw punch after punch, it was a close round. Round 3 I was able to get him with another hard left. With this win I’m at 17-7, and I’m getting ready for the upcoming Junior Olympics right now, they’re this April 26-27.”
Javier Gradilla (L) and Jonathan Rubio (R) in San Leandro last weekend
“Jordan has been a wonderful part of the tutoring and mentoring program here at Double Punches. He consistently shows up and always begins doing his homework without being asked. He is a respectful young man who brings a lot of joy to our program. The other students are always delighted to see him, as he has a great sense of humor. Jordan is also a critical thinker, always bringing up current events for us to discuss. Jordan is a pleasure to have and and definitely deserves to be recognized as Knockout of the month.” – Rubie Magallanes, Double Punches TAM tutor
Jordan, 17, has been with us for a year: “I joined because I love boxing, and I wanted to get fit. I enjoy the boxing shows the most because it motivates me to one day be a great boxer. An activity I don’t like but do anyway is running: I know it will make me better, and it keeps me fit. Because of the club I have better self confidence. DBPC motivates me to be a better person each and every day. My parents also inspire me to be the best person I can be. Ten years from now, I see myself as a respectful and responsible person.”
Keep up the great work!
written by Andrea Cebreros
At the Santa Rosa Salvation Army’s 2013 annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch last week, Double Punches honored volunteer coach Brian Russell.
We met Brian about 12 years ago when his son Mike, 9 years old at the time, joined our club.
He knows how to motivate the kids to work hard and be ready when they compete. He has helped kids prepare for the Junior Olympics, Silver Gloves and Golden Gloves competitions, and represented Double Punches at the 2008 Junior Olympics Nationals, where his son Mike came in at #2.
Brian is not afraid of a challenge, and he’s also not afraid of heights; currently he works as a painter for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Can you imagine having to climb that bridge day to day, rain or shine? Well, not only is that what Brian does every day, but even after a hard day of work he makes time to come into Santa Rosa 2-3 days per week to coach the kids. And he has been doing this for over 12 years!
Brian, thank you so much for your dedication and service to the Club, and to Sonoma County’s youth!
February 2014’s Knockout of the Month is Christopher Torres, age 12, who joined Double Punches three months ago for the opportunity of making new friends while working out. He enjoys all the activities, particularly the abdominal exercises and hitting the speed bags!
“[DPBC] has taught me to have respect, manners and to stay fit. Jonathan Rubio has inspired me because he has a good attitude and is a great boxer. He makes practices more fun. [10 years from now] I see myself going to college and staying healthy.”
Written by Andrea Cebreros
Double Punches is pleased to announce that we will host the
2014 Northern California Regional Junior Olympics on May 17th!
Who will advance to the Nationals?
Stay tuned for more information as the event gets closer!
*If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, contact Maria Lopez at our gym (707) 586-2448. Your contributions and support go a long way, and are greatly appreciated.*
This January our coaches have selected Babafemi (Femi) Omopariola as our Knockout of the month. Femi, 16, has been with us for about 8 months. He joined with the hopes of becoming a good professional boxer one day. Coach Jovanni Rubio says Femi first caught his attention because
“He is always smiling and has a positive attitude. What really stands out to me always is that Femi is self motivated and trains real hard, with integrity and intensity.”
Femi has gotten in better shape by becoming a great boxer:
“I like sparring the most, because I can apply what I’ve learned. Also hitting the bags and catching gloves.”
When asked how he sees himself 10 years from now, Femi replies simply, “Living well.”
Written by: Andrea Cebreros
Our boxing club was featured in January’s edition of the New Frontier Chronicle, a monthly publication of The Salvation Army USA, Western Territory.
Access the article below:
This month our coaches chose Mauricio Campa, 13, as our December Knockout!
Mauricio has been with us for three months, and in that short time he has demonstrated a great work ethic, discipline and enthusiasm. He is part of the TAM tutoring program, which he likes because he gets help with his homework. When asked about his experiences with us, Mauricio responded,
“One of the activities that is challenging to me is push ups, but in the future, it will help me stay in shape. [DPBC] is giving me self defense and discipline. The person who inspired me to go to boxing is my uncle, after he took me a few times to boxing in Mexico.”
Ten years from now, Mauricio sees himself becoming a computer engineer.
Keep up the awesome work!
View our previous Knockouts here
Written by Andrea Cebreros