On Thursday night, come one, come all, gather together to watch brave warriors battle it out…for a supremely good cause.
At the Broad St Ballroom, Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 PM ET, in Manhattan, willing souls will trade leather, and raise funds for the Give A Kid a Dream charity, which through the oversight of Bruce Silverglade, of Gleason's Gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn, has raised more than $1.25 million for children who benefit mightily from a hand up.
NYF well knows one of the people who will glove up Thursday. Dr. Johnny Lops was proudly born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a practicing Adult and Child Psychiatrist in New York City. I asked him why he's doing this.
“Why am I doing it? – the simple answer; boxing is my favorite sport and I have also admired the skill and fitness necessary to be a fighter,” Lops said. “Before I began training for an actual fight I was able to do some of those “fitness boxing classes” without breaking a sweat… but none of it prepares you for three rounds of sparring. No correlation and I loved that. After the 2013 marathon I felt athletically it would be my next achievement. There’s a ton of personal and family reasons as well, like any boxer, but simply I wanted the challenge!”
And what does he hope to get out of the experience? “To continue my story of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.' I don’t look like a fighter, I don’t act the stereotype type of a fighter but I continue to prove to the world and myself anything is possible with enough dedication and work ethic,” Lops said. “It meant a lot that even my trainer at the end of training camp said I should be proud even being as prepared for the fight as I am. He is alluding to all the sparring, the punches taken, and to have shown the mental endurance to persevere and improve to be ready for Thursday night! It’s a dream and privilege to get a small sense of what my heroes and the pros go through in the ring.”
Here is some info from the organizers, telling you more about the cause: