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September 18th, 2017

Pink Gloves Boxing brings more than workouts for women

When you think of a traditional boxing class, you may imagine intense competition where participating could seem intimidating.

However, the culture the Cleveland State University Recreation Center has provided for women is anything but that.

The Rec Center brought the Pink Gloves Boxing program to campus in July 2015, but the success of it was yet to be determined as only a handful of universities in the country have even offered it.

Now, entering its third year, it has evolved from a Tier 1 boxing class to much more than that, a safe place for women to learn and grow together.

Melissa Albers, who was recently promoted to assistant director at the Rec Center, had heard about Pink Gloves at a conference years ago. She told me she felt that Cleveland State was the perfect setting for it to blossom into a great program, and the increasing enrollment has shown just that

. Not only do the classes provide a great workout, it gives women the opportunity to get together and form relationships outside of the studio.

“They’re all learning and growing together so it really builds on the community feel,” Albers said. “It really builds on the fun of getting to see those same people and becoming friends with those people that maybe you have never met before Pink Gloves and just focusing on building each other up.”

Cleveland State now offers Tiers 1-5, but a handful of instructors have already trained for Tier 7 and are waiting for participants to reach.

Pricing varies between $85-$135. Pink Gloves Boxing is open to students, community, faculty and alumni.


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