San Bernardino had its 7th killing in 9 days!

The violence in San Bernardino has escalated and many residents are nervous and/or scared. Some residents feel trapped, and others feel it doesn’t affect them – because its isolated nature. One group is actively working with those troubled youth and making a positive difference.

F.I.G.H.T.S. is an acronym for Faith In God Heals Troubled Souls. F.I.G.H.T.S. Boxing Club is a local boxing club housed at 1003 E Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92404 – the former Children’s Museum at Perris Hill Park. F.I.G.H.T.S. was started more than a dozen years ago in the garage of Mr. Ian Franklin’s home. During the course of training his son Malcolm, the neighborhood children started watching the daily workouts, and became interested in the sport. The boxing club was formed soon after.

F.I.G.H.T.S. is a non-profit affiliated with Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, and Mr. Franklin’s emphasizes more than boxing. He helps youth stay focused and work hard to achieve their dreams and not become incarcerated. He teaches life skills, job skills, and redirects their anger with boxing skills. They’ve had 6 national champions from the club. He humbly admitted his son Malcolm was a 5 time national champion. But, they are the only club in California to make the last two Olympic trials. The Olympic trials take the top eight boxers in the nation, in each weight division. They currently have one current Olympic contender who soon plans to turn pro.

On Monday night, one of his fighters shared his story at the city council meeting. He said his daily attire was: Dickie’s, a T-shirt and a rag with his gang color. He recalled selling ‘poison’, and his tools were his ‘fists and guns’. He attended Del Vallejo Middle School (my neighborhood middle school) and was arrested at 12 years old for possessing a Colt 45 automatic. He was on the middle school campus at the time. He spent time in juvenile hall, and was incarcerated at the California Youth Authority. He grew up in a dysfunctional family, and had no hopes, and no dreams. He met Mr. Franklin and said he didn’t want to go back to jail, but didn’t have any skills. When he was young, everybody told him he “was dumb and to going to make it and would have a future of a grave or jail.” Mr. Franklin disagreed and told him, “You are talented and can do anything you can set your mind to.” This young man said Mr. Franklin was a beacon of hope for him and it changed his life.

The toung man then quoted Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Will you help me pay it forward? Please stand up for these troubled youth and send a donation (of ANY amount).
Checks should be payable to: Ecclessia Project Fighting Chance and mailed to Mr. Ian Franklin at Ecclesia’s Project Fighting Chance at 26427 Western Ave Highland CA 92346.

For more information, contact Mr. Ian Franklin at (909) 496-6029.

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