12 Apr Maxim Kids, Fight For Change
Every so often you come across an initiative that beams under the radar, needing a voice to be heard and supported by many more. This is the story of Maxim Kids, a non-profit organization using the sport of boxing to empower youth in challenged areas, providing opportunity to pursue a boxing career and turn a back to gangsterism through passion for sport.
Allen Chizungu former professional boxer and founder of Maxim Kids has been devoted to uplift the communities in Cape Town since 2007. Originally from DR Congo, Allen grew up in a family of boxers and now runs Kings Boxing Gym, a community boxing gym in the heart of Woodstock where kids are invited to join classes for free. To allow for impact on a larger scale partnerships are needed. Bruce Lelala a surgeon at Groote Schuur hospital and Maxim Boxing main doctor got inspired to do more in his capacity after a knives-for-gloves initiative held in Khayelitsha by Maxim Kids. Bruce gathered a team of doctors to accompany him on checking the kids’ health for free during promotion days, general examination allows for conditions like tuberculosis to be picked up quickly where after treatment is supported. Coaches of partner communities Thembani Tera (Khayelitsha), Monwabisi Nikki (Kraaifontein), Siphenati Quampi (Bloekombos) and Mtya (Langa) join forces with Allen in the fight for change. There is much local talent that with the right support has potential on a professional sports career, some like Nkubeka Jacob a talent from Khayelitsha boxing academy accomplished over 40 amateur fights and has been training and fighting for Maxim Kids for 5 years.
Kings Boxing Gym own rising talent Abdul Aziz Kunert grew up in Brooklyn Cape Town, where challenging circumstances hooked his youth in drugs and gang life. A gunshot took his closest brother and main pal in life, when Abdul still in teenage years served a sentence for past crime. Taking this blow resulted in a hard fight to remain upright, a rehabilitation project at Drakenstein initiated him into boxing as a sport, from where talent and commitment opened a gateway to big dreams in life. After release Abdul got introduced to coach Allen who recognized his talent and potential and is there now every step of the way to guide and train him into his professional boxing career. Besides training fulltime, Abdul wants to help make a positive change to communities, sharing his story with kids who need the motivation most. As an ambassador for Maxim Kids Boxing Promotion, Abdul shows why and how second chances need to be pursued and in doing so encourage new talent to come on board. The past cannot be changed but the future can be shaped, symbolizing the event in which he lost his brother but his brother left his family a new life behind, worthy of all chances life holds.
Allen’s future vision for Maxim Kids is to build bigger establishments, an academy where underprivileged areas are supported by education and sport. To unite and teach that opportunities are within reach when the right mindset moves you forward. Maxim Kids needs more hands to get together, resources to build this dream that has to come true, it are the kids who form the future. Make a move in supporting Maxim Kids and find out how you can collaborate in the fight for change. In case you missed the 3th year anniversary professional fights for Maxim Boxing, held on the 23th of March at Cape Town City Hope street venue, make sure to keep your eyes open for new event dates being released soon. Contact Maxim for more info by visiting the Facebook page or Instagram.