March 18, 2014
Filed Under: NEWS & MEDIA
Fight To End Cancer – A Renaissance Tale in Philanthropy
The Fight To End Cancer proudly announces their Official 2014 Fight Team. Hanging up their suits and lacing up their boots all in the name of a good cause, was the decision that each member of Eagle’s Fight To End Cancer 2014 Fight Team made when they volunteered to step into a boxing ring. These ten “white-collar” men and women, with no prior boxing experience, will be literally fighting to end cancer at our third annual black-tie gala in support of Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Through the involvement of business professionals, like the members of our Fight To End Cancer Fight Team, and the companies they represent; the sport of boxing is finding a new lease on life headlining fundraising events. With so many different fundraisers currently saturating the market; boxing is a welcomed change from the status quo and has been enthusiastically embraced by corporate culture as a powerful, fun and inspirational way to raise money and help in the fight to find a cure. The Fight To End Cancer has seen tremendous support and interest from companies since its inception and now, as we approach our third year, we have the privilege of announcing Eagle Professional Resources as our presenting title sponsor for 2014’s event.
The enthusiasm from members of the business community to get involved and support the cause through participation in the sport of boxing, has been impressive. When asked for his input on why boxing seems to be such a desirable activity for corporate culture to embrace for fundraising; Sonny Wong, Chief Official of Boxing Canada, had this to share;
“In today’s health conscious society, we concentrate on healthy eating and staying fit. I can think of no better workout than a boxing program. Perhaps, the Fight To End Cancer draws in people who have come to a point in their lives where they are wanting to help make a change and the focus on fitness for them is key. I think boxing’s benefits from a health point of view, plus the thrill of actually stepping in the ring and fighting for a good cause is important to people.”
Additionally, the Fight To End Cancer’s Fight Team Captain and head coach at Kingsway Boxing Club (official training facility for all FTEC fighters), Virgil Barrow, had this to share from his personal experience of training amateur corporate boxers,
“Chess is often used to describe the mindset inside the boxing ring between two opponents. As the Fight Team Captain, I would argue that it’s more like playing chess against yourself. You must train two people to fight each other and understand both fighter’s strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the day, corporate charity boxing is great for the sport. It allows people that never thought about boxing as an opportunity for them to step inside the ring, to fight for a great cause.”
Boxing is stepping back into the spotlight as a popular sporting experience, thanks in large part to charity boxing fundraisers like the Fight To End Cancer. Through financial support and physical participation from the business community, the great sport of boxing has entered a renaissance period – as a champion in philanthropy.