The New York Golden Gloves tournament is renowned for showcasing young boxing talent, but the various venues that host the event are also on display. Each one demonstrates a quality that gives spectators a unique experience that is distinct from the other venues.
By holding events in different locations scattered throughout the New York City area, it allows for those interested in community activities and the sport to engage in the festivities.
Not only does it give the community an opportunity to see these fine young competitors exhibit their skills and sportsmanship, but equally as important, it provides an opportunity to raise money for an assortment of charitable causes. Venues such the New York Athletic Club, St. Lawrence College, St. John’s University, Harlem PAL and East River Kiwanis Club epitomize these core principles.
One of the early events in the tournament was hosted by the St. Lawrence Recreation Center in Ramapo. Christopher St. Lawrence is the Town of Ramapo Supervisor and sees the event as a tremendous way for the athletic community to engage in good sportsmanship practices.
“My family, we believe in athletics. Athletes going out there and competing, that is what I really like to see more than anything. I’m honored that I get to go in the ring and announce the boxers and get to stand there as the referee is holding up the winning hand,” he said. “They all are great sportsmen and are great, great fun. So it’s an honor for it to be here in the town of Ramapo.”
On Staten Island, St. John’s University has hosted the Golden Gloves event for the second consecutive year. The notable location provides a central facility and a bigger venue for patrons to view the action.
In Harlem, the PAL venue is rented out by the Daily News Golden Gloves charities to host the event. The tournament has been working with NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe and the rest of the NYPD recruitment team to provide information about prospective job openings and potential career paths for the young boxers.
The New York Athletic Club, located right next to Central Park, is one of the featured venues each year and will be hosting two rounds of the events in 2017. Cedric Jones is the athletic director of the facility and sees the Golden Gloves event at his Club as one that will provide excitement and leave an indelible mark on the young competitors, members and spectators alike.
“The opportunity to host two rounds of the Golden Gloves at the New York Athletic Club has been an excellent opportunity for our membership to witness exciting amateur boxing,” Jones said. “The quality of the bouts, plus the enthusiasm of the fighters, produces a night of incredible memories for our members. The Golden Gloves offers a unique experience, in a quality environment, for anyone who is a fan of the sport of boxing.”
The East River Kiwanis Club will be hosting one of the upcoming events in Astoria, Queens. Tom Nowierski, who will be supervising the event, sees it as an instrumental way to bring the community together while raising money for a great cause. Nowierski expects approximately 400 people to show up for the event and for each of them to have an excellent view of the action with the club’s relatively smaller size.
“We love our venue because no matter what seat you have, the venue lends itself to being close to the ring,” Nowierski said.
“Even with a general admission seat, you’re no more than 10-15 feet from the ring. So you’re right where the action is, you can feel the passion in the ring.”
It’s not just styles that make these bouts exciting, it’s the venues too.