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DISCIPLINE. RESPECT. WELLNESS. MISSION STATEMENT The KC Golden Gloves is dedicated to amateur boxing as a way to develop discipline, respect and wellness in its athletes and empower the next generation of leaders and citizens in the Kansas City area.




KC Golden Gloves has supported amateur boxing for more than 80 years, with the first regional KC Golden Gloves tournament taking place in February 1936. The KC Golden Gloves Regional Championships is Kansas City’s longest-running sporting event.

KC Golden Gloves has influenced the lives of more than 35,000 youth since its inception in 1936. We support 15 of the premier local boxing clubs in the Kansas City area by providing equipment, training, covering travel expenses and hosting tournaments.

O WHAT WE D Support to local boxing clubs: KC Golden Gloves provides equipment, coach certifications and training to boxing gyms in the Kansas City area. We also help establish new boxing clubs in the metro, host competitive tournaments and support officials. Scholarships to student-athletes: We have given more than $150,000 in educational scholarships to more than 100 athletes. KC Golden Gloves is proud to support these outstanding athletes and next-generation community leaders. Travel stipends: KC Golden Gloves provides travel stipends for athletes to attend tournaments and sends the top local boxers to represent Kansas City each year at the National Golden Gloves Tournament. World-class entertainment: KC Golden Gloves hosts tournaments and events throughout the year to showcase the incredible talent in our community. These opportunities give our athletes practical experience so they can see the results of their discipline and dedication to the sport of boxing. Our pinnacle event is the Regional Championships each spring. This is the oldest sporting event in Kansas City and a tradition in the community.


Joe Louis Muhammed Ali Sugar Ray Leonard “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler Michael Spinks Thomas “Hitman” Hearns Johnny Tapia Mike Tyson Evander Holyfield Oscar De La Hoya Jermain Taylore

Kansas City B. J. Flores Olian Alexander Gregory Suttington Randie Carver Chad Aquino Allan Green Charles Ellis Cam F. Awesome Harold Beal Ronald Draper

Oliver James Richard Gillis Frank Anderson Tommy Reynolds William Morton Paul Wright James Hairston Willard Henry Bobby Bickle Arthur Brown Fernando Rivera Keith Nuttall

GET INVOLVED Help support KC Golden Gloves. Everyone involved with KC Golden Gloves has a shared passion for boxing and a vested interest in the success of our youth. We are always looking for dedicated people to help in the gym or during events. Become a KC Golden Gloves supporter and help us shape the future of Kansas City and the sport of boxing.

BECOME A COACH Coaching involves more than teaching people how to box. It also requires the ability to guide local athletes outside of the ring. To become a coach, you must apprentice under an existing head coach, become certified through a coach’s clinic, register with USA Boxing and pass a background check. If interested in becoming a coach, visit

BECOME A BOXER KC Golden Gloves uses boxing to promote discipline, confidence and work ethic in its athletes while preparing them to become the next generation of leaders in the Kansas City area. If interested in becoming a boxer, gym information can be found on the back of this document.


KC Golden Gloves is always in need of officials. Developing a base of dedicated officials is important to furthering the sport of boxing in Kansas City. To become an official, you must shadow a current official at three events, get certified through an official’s clinic and pass an official’s exam, register with USA Boxing, and pass a background check. Those meeting the requirements to become an official will be reimbursed for all fees related to USA Boxing registration. If interested in becoming an official, visit

For more information about becoming an official or a coach, ask for a one-sheet.

SUPPORT KC GOLDEN GLOVES KC Golden Gloves is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. This means 100 percent of your tax-deductible contribution will go directly to supporting local amateur boxing. Outside of standard donations, we accept in-kind contributions and offer corporate sponsorship packages. Donations of any kind are greatly appreciated. To make a donation, visit


President – Chris Walden, Heartland Capital Advisors Vice President – Tony Chiaverini, Retired, PCG, Inc. Vice President, Delegate – John Brown, Turner Boxing Club Treasurer – Matt Priest, Smith, Moore & Co. Secretary – Angel Obert, Turner Rec Center Head Coach – Neil Picart, Haldex, Inc., Flaco Ramirez Boxing Club Scholarship Chairman – Ron Mather, Mather Construction Co. Director of Online Communications – Tim Spears, KOAM & FOX 14 News

Chief of Officials – Jack Joynt, Retired Assistant Chief of Officials – Mike Kerley, Ford Motor Co. LBC Coordinator – Martha Upchurch, MessageGears LLC Director of Marketing – Steven Spears, University of Central Missouri At-Large – Ken McAlpin, Black and Veatch At-Large – Lawrence Abdallah, Community Boxing Club At-Large, Attorney – Aaron Hankel, Shook, Hardy and Bacon At-Large – Brad White, Retired


Community Boxing Kansas City, KS 913-371-7676

RNE Boxing Club Merriam, KS 913-207-0513

Flaco Ramirez Boxing Kansas City, KS 913-636-1154

Go for the Gold Boxing Club Overland Park, KS 913-341-8378

Turner Boxing Club Kansas City, KS 913-287-2111 Authentic Boxing Club Kansas City, MO 816-872-4267 KCMO PAL Boxing Club Kansas City, MO 816-719-8449 Whatsoever Community Center Kansas City, MO 816-231-0227

Smitty’s Mid-West Boxing Springfield, MO 417-268-0941 Strong Gym Springfield, MO 417-619-7008

Haskell Boxing Club Lawrence, KS 785-727-3835

Willard PD PAL Willard, MO 417-742-5341

KO Training Lawrence, KS 785-423-0693

Heartland Boxing Gym Galena, KS 417-438-5679

Team Calloway St. Joseph, MO 816-689-0624

Topeka Golden Gloves Topeka, KS 785-640-5883

Welcome Mat Training Center Lenexa, KS 913-353-5858

Uppercut Boxing Independence, KS 620-926-0944





Caveman Crew MMA Raytown, MO 816-255-5030 Garrison Center Kansas City, MO 816-663-2098 Gregg/Klice Boxing Club Kansas City, MO 631-408-0724 K.O. BOXING Manhattan, KS 785-341-1708 Lewis’s Boxing Gym Springfield, MO 417-234-3166 Neosho Boxing Club Neosho, MO 417-455-6200 Spartan Boxing Club Springfield, MO 417-693-0606

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KC Golden Gloves informational brochure  

This brochure provides details about what KC Golden Gloves offers to members and how to get involved.

KC Golden Gloves informational brochure  

This brochure provides details about what KC Golden Gloves offers to members and how to get involved.