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.”