The American Association for the Improvement of Boxing is proud of its commitment to women’s boxing. We continue our introduction to the 2015 AAIB #BoxingScholars with three more stories from three different states of a new generation redefining the sweet science. For each of these young women, boxing was a surprise, then an obsession, and finally the road to an education:
Emily Atwood attended the USA Olympic Trials in Mobile, Alabama in 2010 as a spectator, and on the way home, asked her father, “Dad, do they have women’s boxing?” That question led to her winning the 2015 National Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship and competing in the 2015 Olympic Qualifiers in Baltimore. Emily wants a spot on the USA National Team. She is an “A” student, graduated from Fairhope High School with honors, and plans to enroll at The University of Mobile in the spring of 2016. Emily also hopes to major in psychology, study primate behavior, and work with gorillas. She loves singing, yoga, long boarding, scuba diving, and serving in her church.
Alex Love grew up on a small farm in Monroe, Washington. Though 5’1” tall, Alex played basketball throughout high school and at Skagit Valley University, where she earned her Associates Degree. She thought boxing was just for conditioning until it was approved as a Women’s Olympic Sport in 2011. Today, Alex is on the national team and a two-time USA Boxing National Champion. Though she fell short in the Olympic Trials, Alex made the World Team in 2012 and plans to do the same for Rio. She received a gold medal at the 2012 Continentals, became an intelligence analyst for the army in 2013, and pursues her psychology degree at American Military University.
Kiley Wolfe was 17-years-old when she walked into Indiana’s Evansville Boxing Club in 2013. The first woman to train there, Kiley met a lot of resistance while getting in the necessary shape to box. Two years later, she became the first female boxer to compete in the Indiana State Golden Gloves. Kiley also lacked the financial support to attend college or commute to the gym. She worked part time to enroll at Ivy Tech Community College to complete her core credits. Kiley’s AAIB Scholarship allowed her to continue training and plan a transfer to the criminal justice program at the University of Southern Indiana. Today, Kiley says, “The Evansville Boxing Team and coaches are my family.”
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