Firstly, thanks for visiting my page!
As some of you may know, my name is Mike Lewis and I work in finance in New York. Originally from London, I picked up boxing as a hobby shortly after I moved here and haven’t looked back since due to the energy, discipline and sheer hardwork which goes into this incredible sport!
I have decided to take up the opportunity to fight on the May Melee which will take place at The Broad Street Ballroom on May 21, 2020. This will be my first amateur fight and something I have dreamed of doing since I started.
All proceeds will be going to an amazing charity called Gleason’s Give a Kid a Dream Inc. The charity provides at-risk youth with an opportunity to turn their lives around through teaching fundamental skills associated with boxing such as discipline, confidence and focus. In addition, they provide tutorship for school work and offer a much-needed safe haven for kids. The program was established in 1991 and has raised an outstanding $1.25 million through charity events like this.
Please join me in supporting this very important charity - every donation is greatly appreciated and I promise to put on an exciting show in May with the many other fighters!
Thank you for your time and your consideration.
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.