Junior Olympic Program History
The USA Boxing Junior Olympic program is where young amateur boxers gain experience towards a possible placement on the USA Olympic Boxing team and/or a professional boxing career. The first Junior Olympic boxing tournament was held in Columbia, SC in 1972 and each year since. The tournament starts at the Local Boxing Committee (LBC) level. Winners of the local level competition advance to one of the 14 Regional Tournaments. Winners of the Regional competition advance for the Championship title at the National Junior Olympic Tournament, held in June. Just as USA Boxing evolves so has the Junior Olympic Program. We celebrated our Silver Anniversary in 1996 at the US Olympic Education Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. This event was followed by an international tournament with teams from Germany, Russia, Canada, Ireland, England, and Mexico. The evolution of the tournament resulted in an increase of participants and participating age groups. Now groups of male and female Junior Boxers compete from 8 years to 16 years of age. Numerous Junior Olympic Champions brought great credit to the USA Boxing’s Junior Program such as Roy Jones, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya, David Reid, and Albert Guardado.
POTOMAC VALLEY ASSOCIATION
PVA is a non-profit 501©3 organization that governs the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland. It is governed according to the United States Amateur Boxing, Inc.’s (USA Boxing) rules, regulations, policies, and directives. Our mission is to foster, develop, promote and coordinate recreational and competitive amateur boxing opportunities for all member athletes. PVA, has also produced many champions through their JO Program, such as DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley, Keith Holmes, Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, William Joppy, Sharmba Mitchell, Lamont Peterson and Gary Russell Jr. PVA’s most recent accomplishment closing out 2016 was being awarded 10 medals in the JO tournament as well as earning the 1st Place Regional Award.
Most PVA athletes come from under privileged social and economic environments and therefore, require financial assistance to register, travel and participate in forward advancing competitions. While there has been a decrease in financial support, the program has thrived because of various commitments in raising funds, to ensure opportunities continue to exist for their amateur boxers. As an organized sport, amateur boxing is a healthy discipline for our at risk youth.
For more information contact Ricky Womack 202-528-7694