As the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation gets ready to support our very own Marcus Brown in the 2012 Summer Olympics this July in London, we’re taking a sneak peak at the Olympics games! This year’s games will begin on July 27 and run until August 12.
The summer games will be more than just an event for the Atlas Foundation this year. Marcus Browne is the 21 year old light heavyweight boxer who has recently earned a spot as a United States Olympian in the summer 2012 Olympics.
As a thirteen year old kid walking into the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Club, Marcus Browne learned very quickly not only the skills it would take to succeed in the sport of boxing, but also the difference it would make in his life.
Now, Marcus Browne is just two months away from the biggest fight of his life. The London games will kick off the first boxing event on Saturday, July 28. The first round of the Light Heavyweight fights will begin on July 30. The second round will be held on August 4 followed by the next set of fights on August 8 and 10. The medal rounds will be held on August 12!
Everyone at the Atlas Foundation will be cheering him on throughout the games, and we know our supporters will be too. Marcus is a testament to what the Atlas Foundation aims to do for youth and how much of an impact the commitment, dedication and support can make.
When kids are asked why they play sports, or participate in youth programs, they generally say they want to have fun, learn new skills and spend time with their friends. They understand the benefits on a very basic level. As a community it’s important to understand the very deep impact and benefits of youth programs. The Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation knows that without such programs, kids are given the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, increase self confidence and focus on the positive feelings they get from participating.
With programs such as the 5th Grade Basketball League and the Atlas Cops and Kids Boxing Program, the Atlas Foundation strives to make an impact on the future of these communities; the children.
In the 5th Grade Basketball League, boys and girls are able to be a part of a basketball team or cheerleading squad with fellow students from their school. This league is designed to increase positive behavior as the students who wish to participate must meet academic and behavioral performance standards in school.
The Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program provides the youth in all five boroughs of the city an opportunity to work with coaches in open youth boxing gyms. The gyms serve youth ages 10 to 21, and are run on a day-to-day basis by certified USA Boxing coaches. The mission of the gyms is not only to teach young people how to box and allow them to compete in local and national tournaments, but also to develop discipline and self esteem in the community’s young people. To date, two gyms have been opened — in Brooklyn at Flatbush Gardens and in Staten Island at the Park Hill Apartments. The Foundation is in the process of opening two new locations- one in Brownsville, Brooklyn and the other in The Berry Houses, Staten Island.
Why do youth programs work so effectively? Children need attention and respect. What is unique about athletic programs is that they offer kids an arena where they can earn attention and respect by working as a team and using the skills they posses naturally and those they learn through the process.
According to the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, children who participate in organized sports not only do better in school, but also have better interpersonal skills, are more team oriented, and are actually generally healthier.
Participation in sports programs like basketball and boxing provide opportunities for children to demonstrate leadership and improved socialization, as well as the development of skills for handling not only success, but also failure.
Visit the Atlas Foundation online to learn more about our programs and to find out how to donate to keep these youth programs running as effectively as they are now. You can also “Like” us on Facebook for updates!
Spring is just around the corner, and as the leaves return, flowers blossom and the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time of the year to get out and make a difference in your community and even in your own home. The Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation has some great ideas for you to make an impact this spring.
In the Community
You know what spring means – spring cleaning! Take your spring cleaning projects as an opportunity to go through your clothes and belongings and sort through what you need and don’t need. Take the things you don’t need and donate them to a family who does need them or to an organization. With the warm weather, you don’t really need an excuse to go outside, but a great reason to take the family outside is to bring them to a fundraising event or a non-profit organization to volunteer. This gives your family a chance to get outside, witness the benefits of volunteering and spend time together.
Spring also means tax returns. A lot of times the money you receive is designated to home projects, bills and maybe even a vacation. However, the extra money provides a really great opportunity to donate or participate in one of our programs. The Teddy Atlas Foundation uses donations of all sizes to continue on the journey of helping those in need whether it’s a child in a medical crisis, a family who needs a lift or a youth program. Whatever amount you can give, there is no doubt you will feel great for your donation.
Another great opportunity to give is our new “Sponsor a Boxer Program.” For $500, you can sponsor a boxer for one year. Your sponsorship covers tournament fees, travel costs and uniform. The foundation will send updates on how the boxer is doing in school and also let you know about any tournaments he/she is competing in!
If getting the car fixed, or car shopping is on your spring project list, then you can purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Ford Focus, donated by Dana Ford. 500 raffle tickets are available at $100 a ticket. The drawing will be held on September 4, 2012 at the Dr. Atlas Foundation annual golf outing at Richmond County Country Club!
You can make a huge impact in your own home as well. Your family will love and appreciate the extra steps you take to spend quality time together and there is no better time than in the spring! Plan a picnic – make or pick up some sandwiches and fruit and bring your family to a park or to the beach. Get those extra tough spring cleaning projects done around your home. Getting these out of the way early (and actually completing them,) will take a great deal of stress off of you and your whole family will reap the benefits! Don’t forget about volunteering or participating in one of our programs! It’s a beautiful thing when your children see you making an effort to help those in need.
The Dr. Atlas Foundation welcomes donations and volunteers for our many events throughout the year. “Like” us on Facebook to learn more about this and our organization! For more information on sponsoring a boxer or purchasing a Ford Focus raffle ticket, give us a call at 718-980-7037, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or send a check to 543 Cary Ave, Staten Island, NY 10310.
In 1926, Paul Gallico, a former sports editor of the Daily News, suggested an amateur boxing tournament to the founder of the publication. As Gallico outlined his ideas, “The Golden Gloves” came to fruition. One year later, on March 28, 1927, the Golden Gloves championships were determined in an all new Madison Square Garden.
40 years later, the 1968 finals sold out producing a crowd of 19,848 fans cheering on as Davey Vasquez sealed the 118-pound open championship. As the tournament headed into a new millennium, it only gained momentum as Mark Breland and the 1984 Olympics renewed the romance of boxing and its fans.
As the next Olympic games approached, the Golden Gloves went through the some changes. One of the changes made required judges to score bouts using a computer. Another of the changes shortened each round by 1 minute and added a 4th round in all open-class bouts. These changes were approved by USA Boxing in accordance with the international rules that would be used in the 2002 Olympics. The Golden Gloves as we know it today has under gone additional changes as the sport has developed.
The Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation is proud to host a New York Golden Gloves amateur boxing show each year. The proceeds from the event go directly to the foundation. This year, the 85th Annual Golden Gloves will take place on Tuesday, March 13th at Petrides School, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., first bout is at 8:00 p.m. The winners of the evening’s bouts will advance to the championships at Madison Square Garden.
The event, rich in boxing history, showcases some of the area’s rising stars in the sport of boxing. Before the first bell, there is a private cocktail party for VIP ticket holders including many of the Atlas Foundation’s celebrity supporters. In addition, there are raffles and prizes to raise funds for the Foundation. “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Jose Torres, Riddick Bowe, Floyd Patterson, Emile Griffith, Iran Barkley and Mark Breland are just a few of the boxing legends that have made the New York Golden Gloves one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in the country. The night provides a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the young athletes who will go on to become Olympians and World Champions as well as help a cause that is so rooted in the sport of boxing.
The Atlas Foundation is honored to help those in need as well as keep children in New York City focused on a positive thing like boxing, get them moving and get them inspired. “Like” the Atlas Foundation on Facebook for more great events, updates on the boxing world and to donate to the foundation. You can also Follow us on Twitter to be a part of our conversation!
On November 17, 2011, the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation held the 15th Annual “Teddy” Dinner at Nicotra’s Ballroom in Staten Island. The evening was a star studded event with appearances by celebrities, athletes and beneficiaries of the foundation.
Beginning with cocktail hour, guests mingled with celebrities including Willem Dafoe, Brandon Jacobs, Amani Toomer, Gerry Cooney and Danny Aiello! During cocktail hour, guests also got a chance to bid on some amazing items in the silent auction including autographed guitars and photos by legendary musicians, athletes and actors!
Once the dinner began, the celebrities were introduced and guests were served a wonderfully delicious dinner prepared by Nicotra’s Ballroom chefs! During the dinner Teddy Atlas spoke on the importance of his foundation; “You’re the driving force behind us. You allow us to go into so many people’s lives and help people that desperately need help. Maybe you’re in a situation in life where you have something difficult. You’ve been dealt maybe a tough hand.”
Shortly after the dinner, the foundation went right to work for the annual Thanksgiving dinner drive giving away about 700 turkeys to families in need. The Christmas toy drive followed shortly after giving away 3,000 toys to 14 different public schools and organizations for children in need.
It is imperative for the foundation that supporters like you continue to do so throughout the year. To make a donation of any size, visit the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation online, or visit our Facebook page! No matter the cause, without the supporters, we would not be able to reach the lives that we do.
The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation is a community service organization that provides financial, legal and emotional support to those in need, paying special attention to the needs of children. The organization was founded in 1997 by boxing trainer and commentator, Teddy Atlas. Founded in the spirit of Dr. Atlas, his father, who provided free medical care to those who were not able to afford proper care and made house calls to his patients until he was 80 years old, the Foundation has attempted since its inception to come to the aid of those less fortunate. Often, those in these very difficult situations would have otherwise fallen between the cracks.
The organization annually teams with several celebrity athletes and entertainment celebrities including Bill Parcells, Chad Pennington, John McEnroe, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pete Rose, Chris Noth, Danny Aiello and Steven Baldwin. The annual “Teddy” Dinner, which happens to be the single largest source of the Foundation’s donations, hosts more than one thousand supporters.
This year the dinner will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island. A Cocktail Reception will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 p.m. Guests will receive an open bar all night. Proceeds from the tickets for the dinner as well as any money raised during the event will go towards making a difference in the lives of countless children and families. To see some of the families impacted by the foundation, visit The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation’s website.
Inspiration comes by way of seeing the strength and hope in another. The lives impacted by the Atlas Foundation become inspiration for those around them as well as those who helped to make a difference in that person’s life and for those who remain in need. The smallest donation, that only takes moments to make, can literally change someone’s life.