Lifelong skills through boxing

Published May 7, 2018 at 4:00pm

There’s a program at the Rome Family Y that teaches youngsters the fine points of boxing. Who knows? Perhaps another “Brockton Blockbuster” is just waiting to be found.

Those of us who follow boxing know, of course, that the “Brockton Blockbuster” was none other than Rocky Marciano, who was born and raised in the Massachusetts city of Brockton and was heavyweight champion from 1952-1956. He was one of the greatest. Some say he was the greatest.

In last Thursday’s Daily Sentinel, we noticed a story and picture about the Y’s boxing program. which received a donation of about $500 from the Rome Police Jocks-N-Cops program. The money will go toward equipment.

The program reflects a great deal of cooperation among the youngsters that learn from it, the Family Y, and instructors like Police Patrolman Merino J. Ciccone III and Scott Tulley, who boxed as a member of the Rome Boxing Association from 1981-89, along with the Y’s Bruce Hairston.

As much fun as the boxing is for the kids from RFA and other city schools, the program teaches them more than pugilism. Ciccone noted that the participants learn lifelong skills such as discipline and respect for others. The program also gives them something to do after school. The program meets from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Rome City School District Stadium Support Facility located at the old RFA.

We’re sure the program will put the donation to good use.