PAL Boxing club raises funds for charity


Last Saturday, the Freeport Police Athletic League Boxing Club held the prestigious Ringmasters Tournament at the Freeport Recreation Center, carrying on a tradition dating back 25 years.

Formerly sponsored by the New York Daily News Golden Gloves, the tournament was rebranded as The Ringmasters by USA Boxing Metro.

Despite the change, the winners still secure a spot in the Madison Square Garden finals and advance as part of the NY Delegation to the National Golden Gloves of America Tournament of Champions in Detroit this May.

In its fifth year, the event also served as a fundraiser for the KIDS NEED MORE Charity, aiding children battling cancer.

“It helps my kids to understand how important it is to help kids in need,” said Joe Higgins, president and boxing director of the Freeport PAL BC, about the event.

Both the Freeport PAL BC and KIDS NEED MORE are non-profit 501c3 volunteer organizations, relying heavily on sponsorships to make such events possible.

Key sponsors included Superior Restorations, Mark Anthony Architects, and Island Electrical Corp.

The tournament is dedicated to the memory of Mitchell Krealing Jr., whose father, Mitchell Krealing, has been a steadfast supporter of KIDS NEED MORE, providing hope and joy to children facing adversity.

Under the leadership of Higgins, young athletes have enthusiastically participated in this meaningful event for the past five years.

The local chapter of USA Boxing Metro has equally committed to delivering a remarkable showcase of amateur boxing.

The atmosphere was electric as the gymnasium overflowed with spectators witnessing intense matches between determined young boxers.

Freeport PAL BC fighters showcased their skill, with victories in 2 bouts and losses in 2.

The day culminated in a thrilling final bout where Michael Vasquez of Freeport 147lb novice staged a comeback to secure a split decision victory.

The resounding chants of “TRAIN, FIGHT, WIN!!!” from the full Freeport Team encapsulated the spirit that permeated the event.

“People’s lives are completely 100% change for the better,” said Higgins about the lessons imparted to young athletes through the PAL BC. “And that’s all we’re trying to do… and along the way we’re crowning a lot of champions, man!”