THE 2017 AAIB CELEBRITY GOLF INVITATIONAL - Ridgewood Country Club - Paramus, NJ

The 2017 AAIB Celebrity Golf Invitational was a great success!  Thanks to all of our attendees and sponsors who helped make this another fabulous event.

AAIB President Paul Vegliante with Michael and Leon Spinks.

AAIB President Paul Vegliante with Michael and Leon Spinks.

A wonderful time was had by all, and we were joined by the Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon, both former heavyweight champions of the world, along with other boxing greats like Iran "The Blade" Barkley, Gerry Cooney, "Poison" Junior Jones, Angel "El Diablo" Manfredy, Tracy Harris Patterson, former Miss America Suzette Charles, NY Yankee Ron Blomberg, and actor Gianni Russo.  See photos from the event.

Middleweight Champ Iran Barkley and AAIB board member Charley Wood.

Middleweight Champ Iran Barkley and AAIB board member Charley Wood.

Once again, thank you to everyone for coming out and to the beautiful Ridgewood Country Club and their staff.  

The AAIB is leading the way for inner city boxers to obtain continued education through its rigorous scholarship program. This golf outing is being held for the sole purpose of raising money to help young men and women stay the path and attain continued education and a brighter future. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile endeavor! 

Please download and return this brochure that contains all event and lodging information. Checks can be made payable to the AAIB - Boxer’s Assistance Fund which is a charitable 501-C3 entity and fully tax deductible.

Hello Everyone,

It is that time of year again and the AAIB is having their celebrity golf outing on July 31’st at the prestigious Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ.  We are expecting an exceptional turn out and all-star class of celebrities.

We sincerely hope you can join us and support this 501C3 charity scholarship program supporting inner city youth around the United States.  As of last year, we have granted over $250,000 in scholarships and the applications are growing every year as word spreads nationally.  This tournament plays an enormous role in these young men and women attaining higher education, so we ask for your support in July.

Thank you

Paul Vegliante, AAIB President.

The American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (AAIB) was founded in 1969 by Rocky Marciano and Stephen Acunto. For over 45 years the organization has worked tirelessly for medical safety and financial accountability within the “sweet science”. 

Boxing Scholar Program Aims To Double Awards


The American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (AAIB) Expands Scholarship Program for Amateur Boxers

The 45-year-old boxing organization started by Rocky Marciano aims to double its college awards for the second year in a row with a crowdfunding campaign, new website, and online video.

MOUNT VERNON, New York – Oct. 13, 2015 – The American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (AAIB) today announced its new online presence at The website is part of an initiative to increase awareness and funding for its successful amateur boxing scholarships. The AAIB awarded six scholarships in 2014 and fourteen scholarships this year.

There are over 28,000 registered amateur boxers in the United States, but the sport garners little scholarship money. “We are ready to double the number of our scholarships again,” said Henry Hascup, tireless New Jersey USA Boxing President and AAIB Board Member. “We received applications from 24 states in 2015.”

The organization supports amateur boxers pursuing undergraduate degrees from accredited colleges and universities with boxing programs. Typical AAIB Scholars hail from underserved populations for whom financial aid offers a transformative opportunity. The scholars regularly receive degrees in the sciences and public affairs, hoping to give back to their communities.

Two of these success stories appear in the AAIB’s new online video, The Boxing Chance, featured on the website. In the documentary short, scholars Walter Sarnoi and Susan Jugo share how boxing and the AAIB gave them a chance at a better life.

“The best way to elevate the sport is to support young boxers who exemplify Rocky and Steve’s ideal,” said Paul Vegliante, current AAIB President.

Undefeated World Champion Rocky Marciano and Hall of Fame boxing coach Steve Acunto founded the AAIB in 1969 to promote boxing as a safe sport for the general public and on campuses. They also fought for better science and regulation in the ring. Acunto testified repeatedly before Congress towards a Federal Boxing Commission. Vegliante has refocused the organization on the nonprofit scholarship program.

The AAIB held their annual celebrity fundraiser at Galloway National Golf Club in Atlantic City over Columbus Day Weekend. Vegliante hopes to match what they raise on the green with a simultaneous crowdfunding campaign on The online fundraiser is scheduled to end on November 15th, the birthday of Mr. Acunto, who will turn 99-years-old.

Indiegogo is that largest global crowdfunding site that works with nonprofit organizations. Potential donors can visit the AAIB Indiegogo campaign at and follow its progress on the AAIB’s new Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages @aaiboxing.

New and archival images for this story can be downloaded from the AAIB Flickr page at

Mr. Acunto was recently profiled in Boxing News:

For more information, or to further interview Mr. Vegliante, Mr. Hascup, or an AAIB Scholar, contact


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The 2015 AAIB Scholars

The American Association for the Improvement of Boxing is pleased to announce the 2015 AAIB Scholarship winners. They are: Aadam Ali, Emily Atwood, Luis Feliciano, Pierce Hessinger, Jacqueline Ines, Susan Lizzette Jugo, Rosino LeGan, Alexandra Love, Ana Marquez, Raul Muniz, Walter Sarnoi, Andrew Tomlin, Brandon Wellman, and Kiley Wolfe. We will have more information on each of these deserving students in the weeks ahead.

The AAIB more than doubled the number of its scholarships from 6 in 2014 to 14 in 2015. We received applications from 24 different states this past year. In 2016, we hope to increase the number of applicants and winners again with our new online awareness and crowdfunding campaigns. Watch this blog for more information and sign up for our newsletter. The AAIB will accept 2016 scholarship applications starting February 1st. Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners - you represent the sport of boxing at its best!

2015 AAIB Applications Due Next Saturday

The 2015 AAIB Scholarship application deadline is approaching quickly. Applications and all additional materials, including school transcripts, parental tax records, and signed permission slips must be either posted, faxed, or emailed by midnight, Saturday, August 1st. Remember, August 1st is a Saturday this year, so post offices close early. Good luck everyone!

Randy Neumann Elected IBF Treasurer, in its second day coverage of the 32nd annual International Boxing Federation (IBF/USBA) Convention, is reporting that our own Randy Neumann has been elected to the IBF Board as Treasurer:

"As mentioned in the day one report, three board seats were up for re-election. That vote was held and decided today at 4:30 p.m. Incumbents David McCullough (treasurer) and Al Meier were re-elected, while Paul Artisst was unseated by Randy Neumann, in a close vote."

Congratulations Randy!


The Fight For Your Future Initiative

AAIB Board Member and NYAC Chairwoman Melvina Lathan has teamed up with CUNY and the Daily News Charities to provide enrollment and financial assistance to amateur and professional boxers in the city.

“‘The point of this program is to give fighters other options and to take all of those great attributes they have [in the ring] to have successful careers in other areas and not feel locked in,’ said Alan Dobrin, the COO of CUNY.”

Congratulations Melvina on creating another great resource for boxers.