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Local Charity Teams With Golden Gloves

Oyster Bay-based charity Moms Who Kick, Inc., will get a donation from the upcoming Golden Gloves fight in Glen Cove, to help with their efforts in the fight against cancer.

Started by Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Moms Who Kick Inc. is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast and ovarian cancer research and prevention. Hutchins and other women from Moms Who Kick will be present at the March 27 event at the Glen Cove High School, and hosted by the Glen Cove Boxing Club, and will take to the ring as Ring Card Girls while raising awareness for women’s cancers and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  

“I am promoting physical fitness and proper nutrition to lead a healthy lifestyle,” says Hutchins, who fought in the Long Island Fight For Charity last year, which brought to her to the Glen Cove Boxing Club to train.

At the club, she met her coach Billy Strigaro, also of Bayville, who she still trains with. Strigaro, a former Marine Champ and professional boxer, has been a trainer at the club since the 1970s, spending hours of his free time helping others get in shape and helping them follow their dreams.

“I’ve been here a year and a half, and I’m sticking around,” says Hutchins, 49, who regulary trains at the club and hopes to one day get her coaching license. “We’ve formed a partnership...this is my home.  I’m also thankful to the boxing club because they will make a donation to the charity.”

 Glen Cove High School graduate Emily Colon, who holds the titles of 2013 Long Island Champ and 2013 East Coast Metro Champ, and Wendy Sincuir, LI Fight For Charity contender and winner, have both represented the club in their quest for the Golden Glove trophy.

Colon, who lost her fight last week to Christina Cruz, has been a part of the boxing club on and off since she was about 12 years old. She began to get really serious about it at age 21, and has high goals for herself, with the ultimate goal of making it to the Olympics.

“I’m going to keep doing it, so far I am reaching every goal I’m trying to reach,” she says. “I’ve got a long road ahead of me but...I’m ready for anything.”

Established in 2005, GCBC is a non-profit dedicated to serving and training the Glen Cove Community free of charge. The gym is staffed by experienced coaches who are registered and certified with USA Boxing, as well as official volunteer coaches for the LI Fight for Charity. Residents from all across Long Island are welcome to train for a nominal fee.  GCBC is located on the Carney St. extension adjacent to Glen Cove Child Day Care, off Rt. 107 South.

Visit www.MomsWhoKick.com for more information.