Socorro businesses hop in the ring with Boot Camp Boxing

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As the interest in Socorro’s Boot Camp Boxing Gym has grown gradually over the past several months, so has the community’s desire to invest itself in both the gym and it’s local youth members.

On Tuesday, Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership showed their dedication by giving away a flat-screen TV and Blue Ray player as part of a fundraiser intended to help the gym and it’s proprietor, Russell Moses, out with various expenses.

“It (the fundraiser) actually helps fund some of our equipment, keeps the gym going and it helps some of the kids out with their monthly fees,” Moses said.

The matter of assisting members out with monthly dues might mean the most to the kids who box there, as many parents have consistently seen changes in the attitudes and behavior of children who attend.

Annie Guerrero, who won the 60-inch Mitsubishi television along with a Sharp Blue Ray player, bought the winning ticket from a member of her own family, Andrew Silva, who is a member of Boot Camp Boxing Gym.

“I’ve seen the difference from the other kids,” she said.

“They don’t have anything to do. Boxing has taught these kids to be among themselves, help each other out. I’m really glad the gym is back.”

Aaron’s General Manager, Henry Dorris II, sees things the same way. He said he watches kids from around town get into trouble, and the store was more than willing to help out an enterprise that would allow local youth an opportunity for some discipline and structure.

“We want to help out these kids,” he said.

“We can’t always give to everybody, but we want to give back as much as we can. Aaron’s wants to be a part of the community.”

It may seem a bit strange that a major corporation selling and leasing giant TV’s, video game consoles, furniture and computers would be so interested in getting kids off the couch and on their feet, but Dorris believes there’s a possible balance between the two.

“Don’t get me wrong, we sell TV’s, we sell video games,” he said.

“I want the kids to buy them and play them, but within a limit.”

Dorris was involved with karate when he was younger, and said the art allowed him to concentrate his frustrations in a manner that would keep him out of trouble. It taught him self-discipline, how to hold his aggression back and to be non-violent. He believes Moses’ gym can help kids accomplish the same.

“I think what Russell’s doing is a wonderful thing,” he said.

“They’re doing good work and we just want to be a part of that.”

And Aaron’s isn’t the only area business that has shown support for the gym. In May, David Johnson of Blue Thunder Construction offered to install carpet for no charge that Moses had purchased in the building, and Raks Building Supply donated the items necessary for installation.

In a small community like Socorro, those are some rather big gestures.

“It brings the community in on what we’re doing and who we are,” Moses said.

“It brings positive outlook for Socorro on boxing.”