Friday, June 05, 2015
This is a photo from when I was still at Loyola. I was showing off my big legs for some reason; I can't remember why now. I have yet to wear shorts down at LaFollette. It would be appropriate now that the weather is warmer. But then I'm still old school enough to think maybe I shouldn't be wearing shorts to work.
There's a meeting of the boxing coaches coming up soon about the upcoming Chicago Park District boxing shows. During a previous meeting of the coaches, it was said that coaches are responsible for making sure their fighters act appropriately during the shows. It's not the fighters I'm worried about so much. So far, it looks as if I can only rely on Shanita, Julius, and Kishaun to actually participate in the show this July. It's the youths who used to be in the boxing program and the ones who never were in the program whom I have to watch.
I am certain that those who are not currently signed up for the gym are going to ask if they can get a fight. Terrance and Jermaine are the two most likely to do that. Putting some kid in a boxing show who hasn't been training and thinks their street fighting skills are enough is a no go. The situation would be very unfair to the kids who actually bothered to show up regularly to train. I already know there will be a debate on that, and I'll probably have to yell to get my point across.
A few months ago, Terrianna and Te'Ria, neither of whom have an interest in boxing, were bugging me about working the corners during the matches. Uh, no, since neither one of them stayed in the gym long enough to learn anything. I'll choose among Kishaun, Shanita, Julius, or one of the other kids who've signed up for the summer classes to help me do that. If Terrianna and Te'Ria keep whining and getting in the way on the day of the show, which I am anticipating, I'll put those two on the glove table to keep them away from the ring -- and me.
I'm surrounded by adults around the park who don't seem to get what boxing is about. I keep being asked if the kids at the gym will fight each other during the show. It's been explained several times that kids from all the parks that have boxing programs compete against kids from other parks. The other day, I was asked if the kids were going to hit each other for real during the matches. No, the kids are going to stand in the middle of the ring and play patty cakes, I thought to myself.
Some kids are going to get their feelings hurt on the day of the show, mainly because of the annoying attitude of "I want to have my way at all times." Those who have been doing a half-job of training will whine and complain when the outcome of a match doesn't come out in their favor. Others will stamp their feet because I'll refuse to allow distractions and disruptions to interfere with the boxing show. Some adults will put their unwanted and erroneous two cents in, and I'll have to remind them that I'm the boss. It will be interesting how things play out.