Boxer Jadah Robinson packs a triple punch. She’s a 2019 U.S. Junior Olympic gold medalist, has traveled the country winning matches, and she’s only 15 years old.
"This sport is one of the hardest sports to train for, so focus time and dedication is very important," said Jadah.
Now the Troy local is fighting hard to get her and her two teammates to the 2021 Junior Olympics.
"Thats my boxing team, Jahcere, and Devonce," said Jadah.
Jadah is hoping to raise enough money get them all to Lubbock, Texas to compete on July 7.
"I’m taking my team with me and we are going everywhere," said Jadah.
Time is running out. Jadah’s uncle and trainer, Samuel Bunch, runs the Next Bunch Boxing Gym, and says they need about $2,800 for each of the three athletes to make it to the match.
"They are qualified to go and now we need that funding to get them there," Samuel said.
This is round two of them trying to get to the Junior Olympics since the match was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But through it all, coaches like Jadah’s godfather Tristan Jenkins, says they remain committed to providing local kids an opportunity.
"It’s been a pleasure to give back to the community and get these kids off the street and afford them opportunities they might not have had," said Tristan.
It's another reason they say programs like these need continual financial support.
"This summer we are hosting the next Bunch Boxing Gym summer camp, and people of all ages can come," Tristan added.
Jadah says all in all, being a role model to other aspiring female boxers, her teammates, and the community is a win for all.
"Even if we don’t get the money … I just really like helping people," Jadah said.
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