The Brai Ayonote Boxing Gym was occupied by an assemblage of unusual boxers Saturday, December 2. Kid boxers from across Lagos State came out in their numbers to compete in the annual Kiddies Boxing Competition organized by the Child Dignity Foundation (CDF).
The sport empowerment program tagged ‘Potential’ is designed for children boxers in Nigeria to find vent for their talent and pursue their dreams in amateur and possibly to professional boxing. The one day event encompasses not only fights but also boxing tutorials and mentorship.
Nigerian boxing legend and distinguished Olympian, Jerry Okorodudu was the head coach.
The 2017 edition was the sixth in the series as the first edition was launched December 2012.
Chief Executive of the foundation and initiator of the competition, Amaka Awogu said the event provided the children more progressive career enhancement opportunities as they continued to build on the successes of previous years.
“We Are encouraged by the progress we have made through the years and the contributions we have made in the lives of our participants to continue to invest in and grow this programme. Several of our boxers have been picked up by the Lagos team as well as other institutions and academies while some have been awarded scholarships. These are very encouraging,” Awogu said.
“We are recently experiencing a surging interest in boxing in Nigeria with the boxers finding fulfilment in their calling and improving in standard and self esteem which is critical to success in life. We can only continue to inspire and support every child interested in the sport to build confidence towards achieving prosperity with their talents. That is our objective.”
The Child Dignity Foundation (CDF) is a child protection, development, and advocacy organization committed to the total well-being of children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The foundation seeks to create a society where children are valued, respected and protected regardless of their socio-economic situation, gender, creed or race.