To all members: 2014 is starting off with a bang. We've already hosted a few events; the Golden Gloves and Middle Atlantic J.O. Tournaments are right around the corner; and we've conducted three Clinics already. I have to thank Level IV Middle Atlantic Coaches' Rep Barry Stumpf and of course our Chief of Officials Bernard Brunii for their tireless efforts in completing these Clinics. I also conducted one at my gym and Certified almost 50 Coaches. Keep in mind that no one will work a corner or Judge without being Certified. There will be no exceptions.
As of this date, we already have nearly 600 members registered and 31 gyms. At this pace, I am confident that we will break our membership and gym record for the third year in a row. This is a reminder to the gyms that have not yet registered to go to www.USABOXING.org and renew your club. Your boxers cannot represent your club if it is not registered. The list of registered gyms will be updated on our website this week. Your gym will be removed if not registered.
Not only is our Middle Atlantic J.O. Tournament coming soon (go to the Calendar Section for all upcoming events), but our very own Vice President, Pastor Dave Price is the REGIONAL DIRECTOR and our LBC will be hosting the J.O. Regional Championships!!! That is a huge feather for the Middle Atlantic cap, and a giant thank you is owed to Dave. Coaches and Officials, I have traveled a little lately, and I can truly say that I am proud to represent our LBC. I get compliments from every State in which our athletes compete. At the Coaches Clinic today, I proudly asserted my confidence that our Officials are amongst the best in the nation.
We have many members who have approached me and offered assistance with many of our LBC duties. I appreciate all of those offers and will find a place for everyone who wants to help. After all, the LBC belongs to all of us. ATHLETES: Start getting your ideas ready and put pen to paper. We are going to have a contest to have one of our Athletes design an Official Logo for the Middle Atlantic Association. I will let everyone know when the deadline will be to get the entries in and a committee will be formed to judge which logo best represents the Middle Atlantic Association. The winner will receive a $100 gift card and their 2015 dues will be paid by the LBC. Much more significant is that your artwork will represent our LBC.
Congratulations to all of our Athletes and Coaches who have been competing on the circuit in other LBCs and at Nationals. The National Grassroots Manual that I have assisted with will be out shortly. USA Boxing has gone above and beyond their calls of assistance to produce this manual. It is an incredible manual that will assist every member.
William R. Billingham, A/President
Middle Atlantic Association
National Grassroots Committee