The International Boxing Club has announced its 11th Anniversary Party. The IBC, which is under the direction of its founder, East Toledo native Harry E. Cummins III, first opened their doors on June 1, 1998.
The mission of the IBC is to "empower youth in the Greater Toledo Area to succeed in life". To accomplish its mission, Cummins says the IBC uses the platform of amateur boxing to reach underserved youth who are at-risk for academic failure, gang involvement, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, suicide and other destructive behaviors.
IBC has provided after school programs that focus on academic, cultural, social and recreational learning opportunities to more than 3,000 youth since its incorporation in 1998.
In 2007, IBC launched the "Gloves With Love Program" as a natural outgrowth of the IBC Learning Center. In this program, service learning activities are coordinated with local and regional organizations such as the Hungarian Club, Sister Cities, Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority, St. Paul's Community Center, Special Olympics of Ohio and The Victory Center. Through service learning activities youth learn civic responsibility, teamwork, problem solving and continuous improvement practices, as well as compassion for the elderly, disabled, and economically disadvantaged.
“We are grateful for your past and continuing support of our programs,” Cummins said.
The celebration will be held at the IBC, which is located at 1717 Adams St. in uptown Toledo at 5 p.m. on May 30. Call Cummins at 419-450-8435.