Sunday, October 16, 2011
Marcus Browne is a 20-year-old light heavyweight from Staten Island who believes he is peaking at the right time and will make a giant step toward securing a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team at the Trials this week at the Mobile Civic Center.
Browne's success will have a ripple effect - perhaps for years to come.
Browne trains at the Park Hill Gym in Staten Island, which is financially supported by the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation. If the foundation hadn't stepped in after the Police Athletic League decided it would no longer fund amateur boxing in New York City, then boxers like Browne would never have been able to chase their Olympic dreams. Through his foundation, Atlas is helping two other gyms in New York City under the "Cops and Kids" banner. Two of the boxers under that umbrella program - Pedro Sosa and Louis Cruz of the Bronx - are also at the Olympic Trials.
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