One often hears that boxing encourages young people to become excessively aggressive, even violent. In fact, just the opposite is true. When properly taught, boxing leads to greater self-confidence and self-discipline. This change in behavior and mental attitude is achieved through routine training and participation in competitions.
Intensive, daily training helps reduce aggression by channeling and using up much of a person's normal energy. Anger and boxing simply do not mix because in order to accomplish one's immediate goals, the athlete must be in complete control of mind and body. People soon learn that anger only fogs the mind at a time when they most need the full use of their faculties.
The boxing program at All American Center - Home of the Casper Boxing Club should not be viewed in isolation; its impact extends far beyond athletics into school, work, and social life. Boxers at the Casper Boxing Club program have demonstrated consistently that they are capable of growing, improving, and taking on new levels of responsibility.
At the Casper Boxing Club, it is our mission to use amateur boxing with a three-fold training model - Mind, Body and Soul. This model brings change in the lives of our members and youth; restoring their foundations, inspiring their faith and reaching the unreachable. We desire to create, for individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity, a place to restore their potential and offer them a chance at living healthy, productive lives.
For over 57 years, the Casper Boxing Club has been serving the communities of Central Wyoming. For many young people who have been written off as "unreachable," our program provides them an opportunity to turn their lives around by using the Olympic sport of amateur boxing as the catalyst for positive change.
"Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring." - Sugar Ray Leonard
Adult Membership (18 and up):
Casper Boxing Club features a large open gym with heavy bags, speed bags, aqua bags, & double end bag. Mens and Womens locker rooms with multiple stall and showers. Lockers are assigned by the front office at no charge. Padlocks available for $3.00. Weight room with free weights, jump ropes, medicine balls, bosu balls, and a loft with treadmills and an eliptical. Handwraps and gloves are available for use at no charge. Boxing equipment and accessories sold on site.
All sports programs and activities at Casper Boxing Club have at least two common goals. This physical activity is not only healthy in and of itself, but also essential as a means of releasing energy which can otherwise manifest itself in negative ways. It has been shown time and time again that without this physical release, people often find it difficult to concentrate and, therefore, to apply themselves to normal stages of personal and academic development. The second goal is an extension of the first. Specifically, people learn through athletic programs many lessons which can be applied to all other areas of life such as the virtues of patience, clear thinking, organization, respect for others, and helping others.
One of the most natural changes which takes place as a result of dedicating oneself to an organized sport is the development of self-esteem. Most of the children and adults at Casper Boxing Club arrive with low self-esteem. Typically, they then try to hide their negative self-image and insecurity by acting through or pretending to be accomplished athletes. These boxers have failed to master the simplest of routines (e.g., getting up on time, going to school/work every day, making their beds, and keeping friends). Sports programs which demand a certain discipline are often the first taste many of these boys/girls have of success, of setting personal goals and of achieving them. With each new goal obtained, however small, the feeling of self-esteem grows.
Confidence is instilled in much the same way as self-esteem; through routine, through small successes, through repetition, and through observable results. This confidence carries over into the lives of everyone involved at the gym, and far beyond the ring. Someone who applies for a job, for example, has already proven to himself or herself their ability to acquire skills, to achieve a level of competence. He/she is encouraged to try new things, to take reasonable risks, to seek new challenges-all the result of confidence he/she has gained in his/her ability to not only cope, but to succeed.
Discipline is given most directly by coaches and teachers who serve as role models and who must demonstrate their own mastery of discipline as they work to maintain a semblance of order during practice. Boxers come to respect this order. They learn the benefits of a well-organized practice, one which adheres to tight schedules, which fits into each boxer's daily routine, and which allows them to grow and further their own skills. In time, many experiment with greater discipline in their own lives and notice the benefits in increased self-confidence, self-worth, and self-interest. Many of these boxers, over several years, slowly take on the role of a part-time coach, sharing their knowledge and skills with their peers and, in so doing, experience for the first time what it means to give and care for others.