The Charter Oak Amateur Boxing Academy and Youth Development Program Inc., aka COBA Is dedicated to creating champions in the ring, but first and foremost, “Champions of Life!” COBA is a comprehensive youth development program, that Ring Magazine, "The Bible of Boxing" called "A Boxing Club where Life is the Main Event" and is committed to working with males and females ages 8-18, Monday – Friday, 4-8 p.m. Competitions, travel and sparring are year round and many times on weekends, however not a mandate to be a valued member of the program and no experience is necessary to join. The Charter Oak Boxing Academy through it's "Champion’s of Life Boxing” curriculum implemented by it's, "USA Boxing" certified coaching staff and social work partners will strive to impart in its members:
- Holistic Personal Development: humility, positive self-esteem, strong character, work ethic, discipline, sacrifice and citizenship
- Life Skills Education: in drug, alcohol & gang prevention, healthy decision making, financial management, organizational & study skills, leadership, being goal orientated, educationally, motivated and community minded.
- State of the Art Foundation: in physical fitness, nutrition, Olympic boxing skills, mind, body & soul wellness and intrinsic success vs self-gratification
All members will benefit from our P.R.I.D.E positive reinforcement program and receive apparel, equipment and awards for positive social development. In addition as part of its programming the Academy will strive to offer “Life Mentors,” “Academic Tutors,” a “Youth Business Club” and “Recreational Activates.” CEO, Head Coach, World Championship Pro Referee & CT Boxing Hall of Famer, Johnny "Coach" Callas MSW & his staff will be available to confidentially partner with parents on all child & adolescent development issues! A variety of membership packages are available to make the Academy affordable to all!