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In the heart of South Sudan, where challenges loom large and hope flickers faintly, a beacon of light emerges from the dust. Lisa Petronis, Founder of Awoda School, South Sudan, is leading a remarkable initiative that’s changing lives one punch at a time.

Photo of students of the California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation

In a recent exchange, Lisa shared her excitement about an upcoming fundraising event. With nearly 500 students at Awoda primary school struggling to afford basic necessities like clothing and shoes, the event couldn’t come at a better time. Through the support of generous donors and initiatives like Boxing on Higher Ground, Lisa aims to uplift these young souls and pave the path to a brighter future.

Join us in supporting the cause: Boxing on Higher Ground

But the impact extends far beyond the borders of South Sudan. Lisa’s dedication knows no bounds, as she mentors leaders from the amateur boxing community in Detroit, Michigan, guiding them to serve the inner-city youth with compassion and purpose.

And the stories of transformation are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Take Mariah, for example, a 13-year-old amateur boxer who found solace in the ring after enduring bullying at school. Witnessing her metamorphosis from a timid soul to a confident young woman is a testament to the power of resilience and determination. Then there’s Uchi, a 9-year-old eager learner, whose scholarship enabled him to buy his first bed, lifting him from the dirt floor of his hut to dream of a brighter tomorrow.

Prince Tiger Smalls with Maria (uprising female boxer). And Uchi, boxing eager learner from South Sudan | Empowering Youth Through Boxing event

With each jab and hook, these young warriors reclaim their power and rewrite their destinies. Their journey is a testament to the profound impact of boxing on the human spirit, instilling confidence, resilience, and a sense of belonging.

As we gear up for the March 9th event, let’s rally behind Lisa and her team, amplifying their message of hope and empowerment. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of countless youth, offering them the opportunity to rise above adversity and reach for the stars.

Make sure to visit these links for more information about their activities: (South Sudan School Information) (Boxing on Higher Ground Initiative Program Information)

Let’s spread love, light, and the sweet science of boxing to every corner of the world.

Boxing in the Valley | March-09-2024

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