Boxers fight to raise funds for Bangladesh

first_imgThe boxers participating in the 2016 Bengal Bouts are fighting — not just in the ring, but also to eradicate poverty in Bangladesh, a country where most people make under two dollars a day, according to the Bengal Bouts website.According to senior captain Mike Grasso, the combined efforts of the boxers participating in the bouts raises over $100,000 every year, which goes to the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. Grasso said that the boxers raise the money through a variety of ways including ticket sales, donations, sponsoring and ad sales. Zachary Llorens | The Observer Adam Pasquinelly, right, tries to clinch Ryan Dunn at Sunday night’s preliminary bouts.“Besides [Bengal Bouts being a] display of all of our hard work in the ring and our endurance and our strength, we really have a greater mission and a greater purpose in serving those less fortunate than us in Bangladesh,” Grasso said. “For example, a $150 donation is the same as sponsoring a child’s tuition for a full year and their room and board at the school. With just a little money, we can really help these people.”Freshman Cam Nolan agreed, and said that the most important part of Bengal Bouts is the mission behind it.“I liked that there is a purpose behind the sacrifice — instead of just playing sports for the fun of it, it’s playing sports for the good of another,” Nolan said. “Knowing that the money and the fight is for a good cause, and knowing that I am going this summer to see firsthand what that cause is, and knowing the reasons for our suffering, it’s given me so much motivation to work hard and to suffer.”Grasso said he credits the greater mission with uniting the boxers into one team, even while participating in an extremely individualistic sport.“We start off every week with our ‘Mission Monday,’ and that ‘Mission Monday’ really emphasizes the main point that we’re here to serve those less fortunate than us,” he said.  “When we start off our practices with that tone, when every boxer knows that we are here [for that purpose], we use that as fuel for our workouts. And we know that the harder we work, the better shape that we’re in, the more entertaining the bouts will be. And the more entertaining the bouts are, the more people will donate and come to the bouts and the more money we’ll raise.”Junior captain Alex Alcantara said while people may have entered Bengal Bouts because of their interest in the sport of boxing, most people chose to stay because of the team bond that ultimately forms.“Most people are drawn to the Bouts for the competition aspect of it,” he said. “However, I think what makes them stay up until senior year is the camaraderie and teamwork that they build, as well as becoming part of the mission.”However, Alcantara said the boxers do not just raise money for this far-off country and forget about it. They are invested in the work the missions provide in the country. Many boxers participate in an International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) in Bangladesh, which is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns.Alcantara went to Bangladesh over the summer of 2015, along with three other boxers. The boxers stayed in Bangladesh for two months, teaching English during the day and helping during Mass at night.“The best part of the experience, is knowing that we’ve supported [the people of Bangladesh] for 86 years,” he said. “It really felt [like] we were family with the people we were helping, which was really the most rewarding part.”Tags: Bengal Boutslast_img read more

A first turkey and a family tradition

first_imgFollow us on Twitter. Platt Wilmoth with is first bagged turkey. He is with his dad, Brandon in picture above.The following is a first-person account that was recently published on the Scent Blocker website. The story was written by Wellington Middle School instructor Brandon Wilmoth about a hunt with his 5-year-old son Platt.A first turkey and a family tradition —My five-year-old-son, Platt, and I have developed our father/son bond in many ways, but I most cherish the moments we’ve spent hunting. The sport has long been my passion, and I’ve carefully introduced him, taking the process slowly from his earliest days in the blind to ensure his safety and understanding.On many occasions, he’s accompanied his grandfather and me on hunting adventures. It was when he was 3 that he watched me take an Eastern turkey on a family farm in eastern Kansas. He was ecstatic and I loved his enthusiasm in that moment. From then on, he’s enjoyed pheasant, quail, deer and turkey hunts at my side. Our goal on these hunts isn’t to always conquer, but to create a memory and learn important lessons about the outdoors.Before each adventure, I develop a plan. Platt’s first hunt behind the trigger was no different, I tried to prepare for every scenario.Platt’s lead sled shooting rest is ready to go. To foster his confidence, we slowly introduced him to firearm practice. First, he worked with his toy guns, then the family .22, a gun that had been my great grandfather’s and made Platt the fifth generation shooter.The first time Platt fired it, he proclaimed it “the most awesome thing ever.” He was then ready for the gun he’d use to take his first turkey. We selected a 20-gauge shotgun my uncle had in his safe. It was a little beat up and needed some TLC, but I cut it down and added rubber padding to make it ready for use.Brandon and Platt taking a break from the action for a quick selfie.Platt practiced for days with his customized gun at my shooting bench and using a lead sled. When it was time to go to the field, I took the bench and lead sled to the blind to mimic the environment he was familiar. We arrived at the same farm where Platt had watched me knock down my turkey just a few years earlier.Two toms were already out when we arrived at the farm. We eased into the blind so as not to run them off. Once settled, it didn’t take long for the action to pick up. There was a hen only 30 yards away. I excitedly told Platt there was a hen close by sporting a six-inch beard. In Kansas, it’s legal to shoot anything with a beard, so we decided to give it a try.Unfortunately, we were set up facing the other direction, but we quickly switched around the layout to get Platt set up. As he eased into the shot, the bearded hen kept moving and unfortunately, moved out of range. Luckily, the two toms we’d spotted earlier arrived back on the scene. We prepared for the shot.With the gun lined up and Platt sitting on my lap, I told him to shoot. He leaned in tight and expertly looked down the barrel. Again, I whispered, “shoot,” but the tom he was aiming for suddenly took a step to the right. My mind was racing, Oh no! His shot’s not lined up and he’s going to miss!But I was wrong. Platt moved the gun to follow the tom and then, “Boom!” The old tom dropped like a bag of bricks!“Daddy, I did it. Daddy, I did it!” Platt exalted.I was overcome with pride and emotion.Platt and his first turkey – a big old double beard Tom!We hurried over to check out the tom, thrilled to discover he was double bearded, making the quest even more significant. Now the bird is being prepared in a full body mount to forever preserve Platt’s first conquest. It’s a memory forever ingrained in my heart and a story I look forward to sharing over and over as our love of the outdoors continues to grow. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Crusader Fan · 217 weeks ago Great story!!! Cherish the time you two can spend together!!! If only everyone would teach their kids the true art of gun safety! Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 217 weeks ago WAY TO GO PLATT!!! Brandon, you have given your son a gift that will be forever etched in his memory as one of the the greatest events in his life! I vividly remember the first Canadian Goose I took at the Wellington lake with my dad when I was 6 years old. The first walleye I caught while on vacation in Minnesota. The first deer I shot. Hunting and fishing make these memories, and they are very special times for us. A great story Tracy, thanks for running it. It’s good to hear something nice for a change, with all the bad things we are constantly bombarded with. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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