History of Golden Glovess

    Franchise Teams

  1. California
  2. Chicago, Illinois
  3. Cincinnati, Ohio
  4. Cleveland, Ohio
  5. Colorado/New Mexico
  6. Detroit, Michigan
  7. Great Plains, (Nebraska)
  8. Hawaii
  9. Indiana
  10. Iowa
  11. Kansas City, Missouri
  12. Kansas/Oklahoma
  13. Knoxville, Tennessee
  14. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  15. Mid-South (AK, LA, AL)
  16. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  17. Las Vegas (NV, Wash, Ore, Az)
  18. New England States
  19. New Jersey
  20. New York Metro
  21. Pennsylvania/Delaware
  22. Rocky Mountain (MT, ID,Wyo, UT)
  23. St. Louis, Missouri
  24. Sunshine State (Florida)
  25. Syracuse, New York
  26. Fort Worth, Texas
  27. Toledo, Ohio
  28. Tri-State (West Va.,Ohio, Ky)
  29. Upper Mid-West (MN, ND, SD)
  30. Washington D.C. (MD.,VA.,NC.,SC)


The Golden Gloves program currently has thirty franchises spanning from the New England States to Hawaii and represents every section of the country. More than 22,000 male and female athletes between the ages of 8 and 35 participated in amateur boxing programs in the United States last year! Many of these young people will be the future champions and community leaders of tomorrow. 

A Look Back

Many former Golden Glovers have gone on to become outstanding boxers and role models in our country. Former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Joe Louis was a Golden Gloves Champion in 1934. Many other champions including Muhammed Ali (1960);Sugar Ray Leonard (1973); Marvin “Marvelous” Hagler (1973); Michael Spinks (1974); Thomas “Hitman” Heams (1977); Johnny Tapia (1984); Evander Holyfield (1984); and Oscar De La Hoya (1989) all got their start in Golden Gloves. 

What is good about amateur boxing?

Amateur Boxing offers an opportunity for thousands of underprivileged and disadvantaged youth to learn many positive life skills while participating in a worthwhile activity.

The activities sponsored by Golden Gloves programs all around the country provide an alternative to today’s youth by keeping them off the streets and eliminating the many temptations to become involved in drug and gang related activities. As an alternative, Golden Gloves provides a positive lifetime experience by developing social and physical skills. 


The Golden Gloves originated in 1923 when Arch Ward, the sports editor of a Chicago newspaper, put together an amateur boxing tournament to assist young boxers and promote amateur boxing tournament to assist young boxers and promote amateur competition. Each weight division winner received a small golden glove as an award. More then 400 local boxers competed in that first tournament which was held in the old Chicago Stadium. The popularity of the first event was so widespread that soon newspapers around the country began sponsoring tournaments in other areas and the champions traveled to New York and Chicago for national competition. 

In 1928, the second ever Golden Gloves Tournament was held under the sponsorship of the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News. Champions from eastern seaboard cities traveled to New York while champions from other parts of the country went to Chicago to compete. Subsequently, the champions from New York and Chicago met to determine the National Golden Gloves Champions. In 1963, the Chicago Tribune discontinued its sponsorship of the program.

Recognizing the value of the program, the thirty franchises banded together and reorganized Golden Gloves into its current structure. Now only one national tournament is held each year under the sponsorship of the Golden Gloves of America, Inc. 

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