The Annapolis Police Foundation along with Mayor Gavin Buckley and APD Chief Edward Jackson will celebrate the grand opening of “Cut Different Boxing,” a new fitness program for Annapolis city youth, at the Pip Moyer Center.
Mayor Buckley & Chief Jackson have long wanted a formal boxing program for Annapolis youth. The teams from the Annapolis Police Foundation, The City of Annapolis, The United States Naval Academy, The Annapolis Police Department, & Annapolis Parks and Recreation have secured accreditation for a local program with the South Atlantic Boxing Association, a division of USA Boxing, and the PAL (Police Athletic League). Judy Buddensick, of the Francis Marketing Group, provides the following history:
"In early 2022, McDonough Hall was closing for renovations and Navy Boxing was being relocated to Dahlgren Hall. APF Board Member, Peter Grimm, (USNA 2000), reached out, and APF became the proud owners of an old Navy Boxing Ring that was headed for salvage. The Annapolis Police Foundation, along with Archie Trader of Annapolis Parks and Recreation, began a year of brainstorming, strategy sessions, and fundraising to bring us to this day. The program has 3 main elements: education (students must complete all their studies before entering the ring - tutors will be available), physical conditioning, and boxing.
The new “Cut Different Boxing” program will be managed by Annapolis native & pro boxer, Sean “Rocky” Cormier. USNA Head Boxing Coach Jim McNally and Boxing Instructor Adan Salguero along with Annapolis Police Officers and Midshipmen from the Navy Boxing Team are donating their time and talents to teach pugilistic art skills to the boys and girls in the program. We anticipate these mentor-student bonds formed will last a lifetime. We hope to see future Midshipmen, Police Officers, and perhaps a pro boxer emerge from the program."
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for this coming Monday, January 9.