Representing Manhattan by way of Bay Ridge Brooklyn we bring you MR. Jason Klabal.
A stock broker for the last 20 years, Boxing became a way to a healther life, Jason became so fit he wanted to test his skill by competing. This is Jason's second show with us he is currently 1-0 and a very exciting heavy weight fighter, we are very happy to have him back with us.
As for what got him into boxing: "When I started at a new brokerage firm i met a broker there who told me he also trains fighters he asked me if I wanted to come to the boxing gym with him one day after work, I reluctantly went and after an hour of barely being able to breathe I left the gym thinking I’m never going back there again, it’s to hard I can’t do it. But for some reason the next day I was there. And I have been going 5 days a week for the last 2 years. I since lost about 60lbs and completely changed my lifestyle. Walking into the gym that day was probably the best thing I have ever done for myself. Now my daughter trains with me twice a week and she really likes it. I’m great full for all the friends I have made at the gym and how much I have learned from them in the past few years. Boxing is something I never thought I could do and everyday I can’t believe that I’m Doing it."
Jasons hero in life is his father: "He came to America from Czech Republic 45 years ago knew know one and spoke no English and he just never gave up. To this day he wakes up in the morning and tries to make things better for his family. I have learned a lot from him."
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GLEASON'S GIVE A KID A DREAM PROGRAM
A Once In A Lifetime Experience, And A Chance To Give Back
Many of us who train hunger to know what it's like to have a real fight. For some it's a bucket list item, for others it's a little voice that just doesn't go away. Between the physical training and the mental work, the preparation you'll need to face off against a real opponent is truly an experience you can get nowhere else.
So if you think you may want to try, why not have the biggest impact you can have with your once-in-lifetime experience?
Turn your efforts into something amazing that not only thrills you, your family and your friends but also gives back and creates a lasting impact on some young folks who are a lot less fortunate than most of us. It's such a worthwhile cause.
We will match you with an opponent, and we can set you up with a trainer and anything else you'll need.
What Is Give A Kid A Dream?
Gleason's Gym's Give A Kid A Dream program, which has 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.