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Ottumwa’s duck races to benefit local boxing club

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 10:19 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Opening up the doors to the Ottumwa Boxing club you will find kids of all ages with different backgrounds and stories who come in every day ready to train.

Kari Carter-Adamson says a tough home life and getting off the street are a couple of reasons for kids to join the club saying, “This is a really big outlet for them to come in and spend a couple of hours off the streets.” The kids learn discipline, confidence, and motivation while at the club all while staying healthy.

The donations from events such as the Duck Races can really make a difference in the kids’ lives. “It’s been inspiring to have the local community always give back,” says Carter-Adamson.

The money from donations is used towards, scholarships, travel expenses, and equipment for the boxers. Donations are important for the boxing club because it allows for kids to stay off the street and have the ability to go somewhere after school.

The life lessons the boxers learn while spending time training at a young age are ones they have carried with them growing up. Joseph Rodas, a boxer who is coached by Robbie Adamson says, “For one he kept me out of trouble, told me to not start fights and to use self-defense only.”

Three other young boxers, Freddy, Tyler, and Chris they say the club has helped them with self-confidence, motivation, and health.

To adopt a duck click this link and be ready to watch the races Saturday.

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