Thursday, March 03, 2016
A Clean Room Reveals Another Theft
The photo above is of the boxing equipment room/my office at LaFollette Park. That is the cleanest I have ever seen that room since I've been working there. Some of the staff members helped me move practically everything out of there so the room can be spray painted (allegedly) tomorrow.
Unfortunately, I discovered that an air pump that I brought for the gym is gone. Xavier noticed one of the speed bags was low on air, so I went to get the pump to fill it up. I've found the equipment room open on most days when I've arrived at work when it was supposed to be locked after the painters did what little work they had been doing over the past few weeks. With that much easy access going on, it's anyone guess who might have taken it. A work order is going to be put in to place a lock on the cabinet from where the pump was stolen.
Another view of the equipment room, facing the back of the space. The cabinet where the pump used to be is on the right.
Elizabeth, a pleasant, but chatty little girl, informed me that her mother signed her up for the spring session of boxing. For a year now, she's been telling me that she didn't want to take the class, mainly because she didn't want to get hit. I'm trying to figure out how that is going to play out. The kids and teens' boxing classes are designed to give them an opportunity to compete. I'm concerned that Elizabeth is going to get bored with the workout routine and the discipline that goes along with it. Also, the youths in the gym who do want to spar and compete can be relentless about picking at the youths who don't.
I went to the Chicago Golden Gloves only to meet Kathy and Alan coming out of Cicero Stadium. Ben's fight was rescheduled to later this week. Kathy's fight is two weeks away. She's nervous, but looking forward to it. I gave her some tips about blocking out the crowd noise and listening for the coach's voice. I hope to help Alan in the corner with both Ben and Kathy.