Since Society Nine's inception, one of the things we're incredibly passionate about is when we get to re-invest back into communities.
We care about the importance of access, particularly to sport, physical activity, and positive community spaces for young people - especially young self-identifying women. It's imperative to us that "the fight within" is embraced, supported and celebrated no matter if you can afford a pair of gloves or access to a quality gym and instruction, and ultimately build self confidence and personal empowerment.
Box United runs Fight Like a Girl, a leadership development program that uses the sport of boxing to help girls become leaders in life. They use boxing to build strong girls because they "believe that strong girls build thriving communities and thriving communities build a better world." They are on a mission to bring the life changing power of boxing to more girls around the world - and we're here for it!
The Organization's History
Box United, a 501c3 organization, was started by Mary Kate Vanecko, a Chicago native who completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Somerset East, South Africa where she taught boxing. The Fight Like A Girl program launched in 2019 in partnership with the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Embassy in Cape Town, South Africa. Their high school program runs at the same time in the U.S. and South Africa. This global program aims to develop students who are proficient not only in jabs and hooks but in leadership, cross-cultural learning, and social impact.
The Mission of Fight Like A Girl
Fight Like a Girl is a boxing program designed to teach students to challenge themselves physically and recognize that they are capable of doing things that previously seemed unimaginable. The program uses Sports-Based-Youth-Development and Social Emotional Learning techniques to transfer lessons from boxing into other areas of students' lives. FLAG helps girls become their strongest, most confident selves inside and outside of boxing.
The mission of Fight Like a Girl is twofold. First and foremost, it is driven to bring the life changing power of boxing to more girls around the world to help them cultivate discipline, strength, self-compassion, and confidence. Second, it believes in the power of sport to bring people together. Our program uses boxing to connect communities, in the U.S. and globally, to help us see that we are all more similar than we are different.
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