Walking through downtown Newark, on my way to visit Michael Steadman, founder of Ironbound Boxing, Veteran and Newark Champion, I couldn’t help but think how many people exist in this city doing work they are passionate about and then translating that passion into impact for their community.
Michael is a shining example of what we can do when we put our mind to it! It is evident even in his email signatures which has the quote “The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”-Unknown. Michael is the founder of Ironbound Boxing, a wellness initiative that has created corporate health experience for the likes of Spotify, WeWork and Everlast.
Michael is able to create an intense and focused experience because of his background as a Marine Veteran and all the tools he acquired at Stanford.
When we linked up, it was immediate that we had a love of Newark and also our youth. You see, that’s the beauty of what Michael does through Ironbound Boxing on the corporate level, it allows him the resources to impact the youth of Newark by instilling in them the discipline and giving them an outlet that the boxing world provides! Mike gives his all to the work, reading constantly, pushing himself and breaking down boundaries he wants to demolish.
Ironbound is not just a facility, it’s a culture and bonding space for young people who need to let out their energy. Their mission is front and center throughout the space and every time Mike steps through the door.
“WE’RE ON A MISSION TO SHARE OUR LOVE, PASSION, AND APPRECIATION FOR BOXING WITHIN COMPANIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES. AS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, WE PROUDLY DEDICATE A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF OUR PROCEEDS, TO FUND FREE BOXING PROGRAMS FOR INNER-CITY YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS. WE ARE IRONBOUND.”
What makes me proud walking through the space is the energy of everyone giving their all to the moment. Nodding at Mike and looking to the trainers in the space for critique and compliment with the same level of enthusiasm. Whether it is a corporate team or the young person in the ring, “everyone needs a coach” Mike says and I think he is right, I am just happy that our coach is right here in Newark.
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