How Project Fighting Chance Boxers Became The Subject Of A Television Docu-Series

By Brian Whitehead
San Bernardino County Sun, Calif.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Hopefuls,” a four-part Empire Network PBS docu-series, is to debut at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 on the Empire Network. Viewers will follow three star Project Fighting Chance boxers as they prepare for and compete in USA Boxing’s Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open Championships.

SAN BERNARDINO

Sparring inside a sweltering Union Street boxing gym built with and powered by sweat equity is one television producer’s idea of the American spirit.

Meet the boys and girls of Project Fighting Chance.

In recent years, much ink has deservedly been spilled over the heralded San Bernardino nonprofit and its tangible, lasting impact on at-risk area youth.

Founded by Ian Franklin nearly 20 years ago, Project Fighting Chance’s story now is coming to a television near you.

“We wanted to show the social and economic value a program like this can bring to the community,” KVCR TV/FM General Manager Keith Birkfeld said by phone this week. “These kids are a powerful representation of that.”

“Hopefuls,” a four-part Empire Network PBS docu-series, is to debut at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 on the Empire Network.

Viewers will follow three star Project Fighting Chance boxers as they prepare for and compete in USA Boxing’s Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open Championships, held this past March in Albuquerque, N.M. Franklin, Project Fighting Chance board members and San Bernardino leaders lend their voices to the influence such a program can have on a downtrodden region.

“It has to be a conscious effort,” treasurer La Quetta Bush-Simmons says through tears in a trailer, “that says block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city, that everybody there is worth saving.”

Terry Washington, known locally and in boxing gyms around the country as “Terrible” Terry, is perhaps the greatest example of Project Fighting Chance’s mission statement.

Related News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *