New home for Lennox Lewis League of Champions camps

Observer West reporter

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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HOPEWELL, Hanover — Lennox Lewis League of Champions Foundation camps now has a new home at the $80 million Hopewell Sports and Community Centre, which was opened last week.

Lewis, a former world heavyweight boxing champion, outlined that in recent years the League of Champions camps have been temporarily housed at the Hopewell High School, also in Hanover.

“We have been having camps for the last few years and our numbers have been growing each year and I am really happy that now we have a home. It is not a home just for boxing, it's a home for the community,” Lewis noted during the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the facility last Friday.

According to his wife, Violet, the former pugilist has been searching for a suitable location in Jamaica since June 8, 2002, after he defeated Mike Tyson in a fight billed as “Lewis–Tyson: Is On”, at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Lewis, who was an IBF, IBO and WBC heavyweight champion stunned Tyson, a former IBF, WBA and WBC heavyweight champion.

“We have been searching from the time he defeated Mike Tyson. So we have been looking for the right partnership since then. We have been in Jamaica since that fight but we know that partnerships are important,” said the former Miss Jamaica runner-up.

“So with that said, we now have a centre that combines homework, recreation and sports. Sports, combined with recreation and leisure means your children now have a safe place.”

She described the League of Champions Foundation as a programme which fuses boxing, life skills and conflict resolution skills.

“We have different programmes that combine families, improve education, improve community, improve family,” she said.

The facility was constructed with donations from Lennox Lewis League of Champions Foundation, Hanover Charities, Nan Brenninkmeyer, Sir Christopher Hohn, Wegman Family, Ohrstrom Family, Neil Leonard, Sue Wagner from Round Hill and Tryall; Maffessanti Design (Nancy Maffessanti) who donated all architectural drawings/design; Jamaica National Building Society and CGM Gallagher Insurance. Devon Cunningham volunteered his services as project manager.

Chair of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly, noted that the establishment of the recreation facility has been the most monumental project the charity organisation has undertaken in its six decade existence.

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