Growing up is tough. That’s the refrain.
It’s a tall, yet mandatory, order.
There are shades of gray though, gradients of growing. Some have it easier, some harder. A lot depends on geography and who’s in your corner.
For underprivileged and disadvantaged youths in New York though, it doesn’t get much tougher.
The city streets can eat you alive.
Parents might be working multiple jobs, might not be there at all, so it’s difficult for kids to stay on the straight and narrow.
But there’s a program, housed within the venerable walls of Gleason’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, where 132 world champions have trained, that gives kids that direction.
Since 1991, Give A Kid A Dream has provided children from disadvantaged backgrounds a place to come and develop themselves both physically and mentally through the sport of boxing. It gives kids something to hold onto and work towards in tough times. Something to motivate.
Life is full of ups and downs, you just hope in the end the balance weighs heavier on the upside. Give A Kid A Dream facilitates that by instilling the confidence and discipline necessary to help teens deal with adversity and ultimately tip that scale in their favor.
They describe their goals movingly as such:
‘Our vision of the dream is not one to be a great boxer, but rather a great person. Through Give a Kid a Dream; we want our kids to have hope.’
With that thought in mind, they came up with a new video series called, ‘In Your Corner’, which talks to all kinds of people, not just boxers, about the perseverance and dedication it takes to be successful in life.
In this video, the band Burlap To Cashmere talks about their struggles in the music business, the monumental trauma that befell their guitarist and ultimately what keeps them going.
For more on Give A Kid A Dream and how to help the program, see here
Check out Gleason’s Gym here
Hear more Burlap To Cashmere here
Video created by SBT Productions (aka your humble author), more here