Central Texas Sports Club Provides Stability and Confidence to Area Youth
WACO, TX (KWTX) – A new central Texas sports club is helping instill confidence in area youth.
The Hillsboro Boxing Club started out as a small group of kids learning to box, but now that group has partnered up with the Hillsboro Boys and Girls Club to provide some stability and, of course, some fun for the kids in the community. .
Club founder Justin Derington explains the idea behind the club: “I think the two things that really impacted my life are my mom, I have an amazing mom and having men. in the community who took the time to take care of me and teach my basketball and different things, and help me. I’m like, if I can do the same, why not?
Justin knows firsthand the impact that sports can have on a child’s life, so he decided to start the Hillsboro Boxing Club as a creative way for children in the community to take a break from everyday life.
“It gives them something to do. If gives them something to work on and look forward to it isn’t the norm.
Kids love to work out and strive to be better, without even realizing the positive impact the club has outside of the gym.
“They get discipline, they get health, the mind becomes clearer, and they can take their stress out. Kids have a lot of stress to deal with between social media and school, so why don’t you come here and clap my hands? “
Justin loves to see kids improve their art, but he knows the long term goal has nothing to do with boxing.
“I want men to be great fathers, great husbands, good sons. I want women to be all they can be and to be confident in themselves.
According to Justin, confidence is the most important thing his club can offer, and he’s seen it transform some of the kids he coaches before.
“Every week it gets a little better. The rebound becomes a bit more. The smile widens. The blows are getting harder. They become men. Women become confident women. Confidence is the first thing – when you go out into the world, you have to have confidence, and everything else follows.
Justin says he’s grateful to all of the men in his neighborhood who are trying to help uplift the community starting with the youth, and he hopes his club will continue to grow.
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