Integrity. Mutual respect. Responsibility. Self- discipline. Sportsmanship. These are the five core values of Cartago’s newest boxing program in Costa Rica thanks to a new Peace Corps project helping to capture “at-risk” youth to utilize their potential and energy in positive manner. The program was started in August of last year by Thomas Agosto a current volunteer with the Youth Development Program and former amateur boxer in the United States. Thomas lifelong fascination with the sport of boxing began to spread through the community just outside Cartago where he serves and soon many people expressed interest in learning how to box. Initially program began with just eight participants and only two pairs of boxing gloves. Today the program has now grown to include more 100 participants.
The boxing program consists of 35 youth ages of 5-12 years old and 65 other participants that include both women and men 13 years and older. Currently, the group is using a local church to conduct weekly boxing training sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Since the program’s inception the community has received donations of gloves, punching bags and other boxing equipment. In addition, the strong interest from community members has inspired them to work towards securing funds to construct a boxing center in the community. Thomas hopes that if constructed the boxing center will allow the participants to continue to train on a consistent basis and compete in amateur matches throughout Costa Rica.
To learn more about the program Thomas invites you to watch this short video.
Friends of Costa Rica is very excited for Thomas who has helped to create a community that values integrity, mutual respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and sportsmanship. We wish the community continued success with the boxing program!