Best young boxers in DC to compete in unique, annual cultural exchange program with Northern Ireland youth.iStock

Washington, DC: The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project (BBBP), an award-winning Washington, D.C. and Belfast–based charitable organization dedicated to providing support for at-risk youth through cultural exchange and international amateur athletic competition, will hold its annual Boxing Classic on Saturday, April 23rd, at Woodley Park’s Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

The event, currently in its 9th year, is a premier D.C. charitable event that attracts over 400 attendees from top-tier corporations and government, with proceeds from the event providing the funding necessary to support hard-working young people from underserved communities throughout the District.

Youth in our communities face daunting challenges. Crime, violence, and drugs are all too prevalent among young people in underserved neighborhoods. Youth boxing clubs serve their communities in many ways—providing an alternative to the streets and teaching young men and women important life lessons about the value of discipline, focus, hard work, and dedication. Since 2008, BBBP has provided much-needed equipment donations to these organizations, as well as a cultural and athletic exchange program between Washington, D.C. and Northern Ireland. The BBBP exchange program is an exciting and confidence-building experience for the young athletes and culminates in the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic.

BBBP also offers a program that donates equipment to local boxing gyms. The gyms are often very bare bones operations, and we believe that having up-to-date equipment to use is crucial for both the safety and the self-esteem of the young people who attend them.

The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project welcomes sponsors at all levels. For more information about how you can help this important program continue, please contact us at [email protected] or visit our website: www.bbbp.org.

WHAT: 2016 Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic

WHEN: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, 7:00 p.m. (EST).

WHERE: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008.