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The New York Foundling & World Boxing Cares Team Up With Champions to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Children in Foster Care

 Professional Boxers Including Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey and John “The Derry Destroyer” Duddy Will Attend


(Mott Haven, NY) – One hundred children, many of whom come from the foster care system and underprivileged families, will meet nearly a dozen professional boxers at a World Boxing Cares program hosted at Mott Haven Academy Charter School.

 On Friday, November 18th, at 5PM, Haven Academy scholars will meet with the boxing professionals to learn how these champion athletes maintain their optimal health through proper nutrition, physical fitness and resisting bad influences such as drugs, alcohol and gangs.

 Boxers expected include: “El Chamaco” Santana, “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey, John “The Derry Destroyer” Duddy, Iran “the Blade” Barkley, Brian “The Bull” Cohen, Shem “The Chosen” Pagan, Suszannah “Destiny” Warner, Mark Breland, Stevie “the Maine Man” Gamache, Gerald “the Jedi” Nobles and actor Michael Bentt. Other notables include sports chiropractor Dr. Pietro Baio, Trailblazing referee Sparkle Lee and International DJ Amadeus.

 World Boxing Cares, a non-profit organization under the guidance of President, Jose Sulaiman and the World Boxing Council, sends world class athletes into youth centers, orphanages, hospitals and schools to bring a message of hope and inspiration to children and their families. Jill Diamond, Fight Supervisor, Chair NABF/WBC Female Championship Divisions, is the chair.

The New York Foundling, one of New York’s oldest and largest family service agencies, developed Haven Academy to address the obstacles to educational achievement that plague children growing up in poor, underserved, urban communities and particularly those in the child welfare system. Haven Academy is the first school in the nation to integrate a rigorous academic curriculum with supportive social services (provided by The New York Foundling), a program designed to give this vulnerable population the best chance at academic success.