Longmont-based La Familia Boxing partnered up with the YMCA to host its fifth annual automobile present subsequent weekend to ship at-risk youth to boxing matches and to offer them with security gear.
“With the intention to fund the packages for these youngsters and ship them to varied boxing competitions nationwide, we host this annual automobile present in Longmont yearly,” La Familia Boxing proprietor Randy Lopez mentioned.
The automobile present fundraiser might be June 19 on the Longmont YMCA, 950 Lashley St., from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. The automobile present is free to attend and open to all residents. Anybody can enter a automobile into one of many 11 classes and registration is $25. Residents who need to enter could accomplish that the day of the occasion earlier than 10 a.m. by going to the YMCA car parking zone or they’ll contact La Familia Boxing on its Facebook page and communicate to Randy Lopez.
“We’ve got some enjoyable classes as at all times and they’re all so laborious to evaluate for first, second and third locations,” Lopez mentioned, “however my favourite class is the rat rod one as a result of it exhibits the person automobile homeowners character and spunk and people are at all times simply so very cool to see.” He mentioned in years prior, the group has seen some distinctive rat rod designs that went on to be featured in nationwide automobile exhibits.
Members can register to enter the next classes: Sizzling rod, Muscle, Basic, Customized, Girls class, Sports activities, Vehicles, Lowriders, Rat rod, In progress and bike.
“Except for first-through-third locations in every class we can have 4 further particular awards this 12 months,” Lopez added. These classes embody: Finest in Present, Finest in Present runner-up, Most original, and La Familia Decide.
“I began this nonprofit as a result of within the ’70s I used to be continually getting myself in bother on the streets of Denver — till I discovered boxing and found that sports activities is the best way safely off and out of the streets,” Lopez mentioned. His hope with La Familia Boxing is to have the ability to give different at-risk youth in Longmont the identical alternatives he needed to get off the streets and stop them from becoming a member of gangs, going to jail or utilizing medication.
“We’ve got had great help from the neighborhood to assist mentor these youngsters — particularly from Northern Colorado Line X and Truck Gear, Marv’s High quality Towing and Vista Auto Gross sales with all the help they offered,” Lopez mentioned. “Nevertheless, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want extra help now greater than ever.”
Lopez mentioned that is the primary fundraising occasion the group has been in a position to host for the reason that pandemic started and has just lately paid out-of-pocket to proceed to supply the packages that hold underserved youth off the streets.
“As a result of we’re a 501c3 nonprofit, any resident who donates or enters the automobile present will have the ability to hold their receipts for subsequent 12 months’s taxes,” Lopez added.
“On the finish of the day we’re sending these youngsters to competitions to offer them the chance to not solely find out about themselves however see that life isn’t at all times concerning the playing cards they’ve been dealt.”
Lopez needed to share this message to all at-risk youth within the space, “with dedication, dedication, respect and honor the issues that it takes to be fighter, is what it takes to be individual. For those who dedicate your self to any type of sport with these qualities, traits — you’re going to become a wonderful human being.”