of Golden Glovess
(AK, LA, AL)
Vegas (NV, Wash, Ore, Az)
Mountain (MT, ID,Wyo, UT)
(West Va.,Ohio, Ky)
Mid-West (MN, ND, SD)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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