Hudson Valley Parent

HVP January 2015

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Page 27 of 40 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 27 By BRIAN PJ CRONIN A cold and dark winter's night is falling over Newburgh, but the Newburgh Boxing Club on the corner of Route 9W and Broad- way is fi lled with light and heat. A steady stream of kids between the ages of 8 and 18 pass through the door hauling massive gym bags, some as big as themselves. Those already inside are joking with one another; their laughter occasional- ly drowned out by the percussive, staccato thrums of punching bags and the salsa music of Victor Waill blasting over the loudspeakers. Teens inside the club's elevated boxing ring shift so fl uidly between jumping rope, dancing and sparring that it's sometimes diffi cult to tell what exactly is going on at any given moment. Everyone is loose, relaxed (Continued on Page 28) Putting up a fi ght Short on cash, long on willpower, the Newburgh Boxing Club endures A young boy watches the boxers in the ring at the Newburgh Boxing Club.

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