Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I'm grateful to Gleason's Gym for giving me the opportunity to fight in my first boxing match. Gleason's was founded in 1937 and is the oldest active boxing gym in America. I was introduced to boxing by my friend Rabbi Yuri Foreman, WBA Super Welterweight World Champion. I feel lucky to have trained both with Yuri and with his coach Pedro Saiz, three-time Dominican Republic Champion and member of the Dominican Republic's Olympic Team.
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY after coming to the USA as a Jewish refugee from the Soviet Union in 1989. Growing up, I benefited tremendously from the generosity of community programs and the leadership of kind people whose names I never knew. I can't ever pay them back, please help me pay it forward! With your support, we can make a real difference.
Since 1991, Gleason's Give A Kid A Dream has provided children from disadvantaged backgrounds a place to come and develop themselves both physically and mentally through the sport of boxing. It gives kids something to hold on to and work towards in tough times. The organization helps teens deal with adversity by instilling confidence, discipline and respect.
GAKAD's annual budget is only $120,000 and it goes a long way towards helping dozens of kids each year. I'm grateful for EVERY and ANY donation you may choose to make in support.
When I'm not working or training at Gleason's, I volunteer with the NYC chapter of the Guardian Angels, an organization that provides safety support in at-risk neighborhoods and trains local community members in self-defense. I also serve as a career coach for MBA students at Columbia Business School and as the NYC Regional Chair of the Educational Council for MIT. I love coaching my daughter's soccer team on the weekends, going for motorcycle rides in New York evenings and catching good vibes at Bowery Poetry Club.
Please donate today and come watch the fight in May! Thank you.
Our events give local amateur fighters a chance to fight in an event that benefits a local charity. For some fighters it's the chance to fulfill a dream and experience a real fight, and for others it's a chance to have one of their fights count for more than just pride. The end result is a lot of good that gets done for the charity, the fighters and their crowds.
This event's proceeds will go to Gleason's Give A Kid A Dream charity.
Established in 1991, Gleason’s Gym “Give a Kid a Dream” has worked to provide mentorship to disadvantaged youths through the sport of boxing. It's been featured on CBS & NBC and in the Wall Street Journal, provides at-risk youth an opportunity to turn their lives around. Through working, training and studying in a safe environment with mentors, this program goes far beyond a simple membership in an athletic club that teaches only boxing. We provide program members with tutors and social workers when needed, and the kids learn life skills like understanding the value of work and discipline and understanding the consequences of their own actions.
The money we raise goes towards tutors and supplies, athletic equipment and educational trips, and possibly most importantly it helps us take everyone in the program to the Gleason's upstate Fantasy Camp for one week in August, where the kids get to share experiences unlike any they have in their every day lives in the city.
The biggest reward of all, though, is watching our program members transition to colleges and jobs, and many go on to achieve life goals they never thought possible. In some cases, they've gotten full scholarships to college like Tommy Martinez at NYU, or they've graduated to a higher calling like Yuri Foreman who's now a practicing Rabbi.