Apparently there is no moss growing under the feet of USA Boxing President Dr. Charles Butler and USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski,who have displayed a willingness to waste little time in attacking the uphill task of bringing USA Boxing back to prominence, if one is to believe the recent press release from USA Boxing headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The just released acknowledgment of concerns that must be addressed are a direct indication of President Butler and Executive Director Bartkowski hoping to unify the USA Boxing membership, that being the first of many planned organization improvements.
The news release penned by USA Boxing Public Relations Director Julie Goldsticker ‘USA Boxing Leadership Working to Rise up off the Canvas’, (can be read by clicking on the link) gives a brief synopsis of points of concern, with greater in-depth details coming in the next few weeks.
Should Dr. Charles Butler and Anthony Bartkowski gain the commitment and support of the USA Boxing Board of Directors (who should offer their support enthusiastically) there is absolutely no question that with patience and support USA amateur boxing can get back on track.
The efforts of both Butler and Bartkowski will be futile should all USA Boxing members and USA Boxing Board of Directors fail to realize the importance of coming together, and coming together NOW.
The phrase ‘It’s all about the kids’ will be put to the test in the coming weeks, with those who utter the words now having the best opportunity to ‘practice what you preach’.
The three areas of immediate concern being approached by Dr. Butler and Bartkowski begin with (1) education at the grassroots level that once established, will increase to the National and International levels, (2) increasing safety measures within USA Boxing that will not only protect our athletes from injury but help lower the rising costs of insurance, and (3) improve performances in National and International events, including the Olympic Games, that have been embarrassing and shameful of late.
While these three concerns are just the tip of the iceberg, getting all USA Boxing members and the USA Boxing Board of Directors to align and support what Dr. Butler and Bartkowski are attempting to establish is paramount to the success of the organization.
While most everyone would agree that International experience, training, and preparation are crucial, there remains the immediate need for the petty bickering and selfishness currently residing within the US Boxing organization to come to an end as quickly as possible.
Former USA Boxing President and current USA Boxing Board of Director member Hal Adonis had originally proclaimed his intent of bringing USA Boxing back to its once proud position as the dominant force in amateur boxing.
If Adonis remains dedicated to that goal, he should immediately release his own statement offering full support for what USA Boxing President Dr. Charles Butler and USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski feel are the best avenues to be followed for the organization’s future success.
Should Hal Adonis release such a statement, there should be no reason why everyone involved cannot roll up their sleeves and get to work on what will undoubtedly be a very difficult but rewarding task.
If there cannot be a show of support for the current USA Boxing President and the current USA Boxing Executive Director from all USA Boxing members and every member of the USA Boxing Board of Directors, the demise of USA Boxing will forever be linked to their own by then painfully obvious self-centered agendas.
Stephen Johnson writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, UNDISPUTED FIGHT MAGAZINE.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com