The Athletic Department is very excited to announce the beginning of a new sport at Olivet. After years of consideration, Athletic Director Nary Gewsome decided it was time to bring what has been missing from the athletic department. America’s favorite sport, boxing, will begin in the fall of 2016.
“I’ve always wanted boxing to be a part of Olivet. I’m a huge fan of the Rocky movies, and after watching the newest movie, ‘Creed,’ I knew it was a sign,” Gewsome said.
The hesitation for adding boxing came from the nature of the Olivet community. However, after the school officially allowed dancing on campus, Gewsome took the opportunity to raise the idea of boxing.
“At first I was not sure if I wanted fighting to be an element to this university. Violence is not accepted, but after researching the sport of boxing, mostly by watching the Rocky movies, I have realized that it will add a lot of character to our athletic department,” University President Dr. Dowling said.
While the decision was hard to make, Gewsome knew exactly who to contact to request for them to join the boxing team. After seeing the spectacular fighting technique performed in West Side Story, Gewsome immediately emailed the cast.
His first preference was to recruit the Jet boys, but he soon discovered that majority of them would be graduating before the fall, so he moved on to his last resort, the Sharks.
One of the Shark boys said, “I ambeyond excited to have been asked to join the new boxing team at Olivet. It will be great to be on the first team, and make history for the university. I am most excited about the outfits though.”
The money that was originally going toward making a new freshmen girls dorm will fund the boxing team. The administration of the university feels as though the boxing team will be a better investment, and is much more of a priority at the current time.
A new boxing ring will be placed in the Perry Center over the summer, to supply the boxing team with substantial practice facilities. The athletic department will also provide gloves, uniforms, and other necessary supplies.
Champion professional boxer, Manny Pacquiao once said, “Boxing is a sport. We allow each other to hit each other, but I’m not treating my opponent like my enemy. We’re doing a job to entertain people.”
This quote reassured Gewsome’s decision to involve young men from the theatre department into the new boxing program.
To find out how to become involved in the new boxing program, contact Gewsome or watch all the Rocky movies.
—MacKenzie Mehaffey, staff writer