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Lilly Lesemann

Lilly Lesemann, a 9-year-old fourth-grader from Philomath, works on a drill with coach Joshua Brockerman during a boxing class Friday at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis. Brockerman is a former professional boxer.


One of my colleagues over at the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Anthony Rimel, wrote an interesting story about an extended program at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis. Students of elementary school age were taking a boxing lesson. And from reading the story, it's obvious they had fun.

Ryan McCauley, clubhouse director, said the boxing program is part of an effort by the club to offer a variety of sports to kids to promote active lifestyles. The kids in the program do not spar at all; instead, they do conditioning exercises, punch dummies or mitts worn by coaches or do shadow boxing.

Joshua Brockerman, the club’s facilities manager, was a professional boxer during his younger years.

Anthony talked to a Philomath fourth-grader, Lilly Lesemann, who was participating. Lilly said the appeal of the class was simple: “It’s fun," she said. "You get to punch things. You usually don’t get to do that.”


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