Orion Mims doesn’t do things the easy way. He actually doesn’t seem to do anything easy given his athletic feats.
That extends to his philanthropic work. Can’t just cut a check and take a photo op like any other schmo.
In case you’re unfamiliar with who I’m talking and what he’s done, here’s a brief crash course:
- 10 Ironmans
- 24 70.3s
- 12 Olympic distance triathlons
- 9 marathons
There’s more, like his days playing college ball under Jim Calhoun at UConn, but we don’t need to make ourselves feel worse by listing all of it.
He’s taken his accomplishments in sport and translated it into a successful business; Orion Physical Fitness.
Ultimately, and perhaps more importantly though, all these achievements have given Mims the opportunity to help others.
That brings us to back to his penchant for not doing it the easy way.
You see, in lieu of just giving some money away, Orion is doing a charity boxing match on February 16th.
The North Shore Animal League, which is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.
Orion, a pugilist for the puppies.
And Gleason’s Give A Kid A Dream, which provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds a place to come and develop themselves both physically and mentally through the sport of boxing.
Orion, putting up dukes for the disadvantaged.
No small task.
After training for a bit Orion was to go 3 rounds with the head of the Give A Kid A Dream organization, and no cupcake fighter himself, Perry D’Alessio.
That was the plan at least.
Mims though, ever the unpredictable and adventurous, decided that wasn’t quite difficult enough.
Of course he’s still training with the number 1 in the world, however instead of knowing his opponent, he’s jumping in the ring blind, taking on anyone who signs up.
Now that’s more of challenge.
It’s certainly no easy task training for a fight in which you know nothing of your competitor’s weight, style or experience.
Perhaps that’s why he’s come to be known as ‘Mr. Adventure’.
February 16th is shaping up to be an interesting and fun evening at Gleason’s Gym.
You can help both charities grow and help more at risk youth/animals by showing your support with a donation, if you want to pitch in anything, even a dollar helps, you can do so here.