We Buy Black and SheaMoisture have teamed up to bring the culture the Black Business Relief Fund. After reviewing 3588 applications carefully, we have settled on 20 awardees, each awarded a $5,000 grant. The final business is Women’s World of Boxing, an excellent business that is totally worthy of this honor.
Women’s World of Boxing is the only women’s boxing gym in New York City. The gym is Black owned and operated by Reese Scott, a registered amateur fighter and licensed USA Boxing coach. Reese has trained over 1,000 women and girls, on her mission to open New York’s first women’s boxing gym. Women’s World of Boxing provides a safe space for women and girls of all ages and fitness levels to learn the sport of boxing. Women’s World of Boxing is more than just a boxing gym, it’s a community that understands the importance of supporting other women in male dominated industries.
Women’s World of Boxing plays a huge role in their East Harlem community. Seeing the need to provide more outlets for the young girls in the community, they launched an after school Boxing-Mentoring program, for girls ages 12-17. The mentoring program meets after school every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The company recently started a Boxing with Parkinson’s Program, in which they’ve teamed up with a local neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s Disease. This represents the only boxing program in New York with a neurologist present to track and treat patients, during training. Along with hosting women’s self defense and domestic violence awareness workshops, the company started the Women’s World of Boxing bi-Monthly Jokes & Jabs series. In this all female comedy showcase, the boxing ring is converted into a stage. This represents just one more way to support women in male-dominated sectors.
Since 2007, Women’s World of Boxing has operated as a one woman show. All of the training for young girls and women, domestic violence awareness and mentoring programming, have been a result of one woman’s tireless work. With the onslaught of COVID-19, however, it all could come crashing down. The gym was forced to close and the company has no cash reserves or incoming revenue. Rent, utilities, and operating costs, however, are still due. Further, there is no clear timetable as to when operations will resume and the uncertainty adds additional strain to what is already a stressful situation. Thanks to We Buy Black and SheaMoisture, however, Women’s World of Boxing will get a little assistance to navigate this trying time. This $5,000 grant will help tremendously to not only keep the operation going but also, strengthen many women in the community.