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'Baltimore Connects' brings boxing gear to UMAR

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Posted at 8:38 AM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 08:38:22-04

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will kickoff "Baltimore Connects" Thursday, an initiative to benefit UMAR Boxing.

House of Boxing Champions Baltimore Connects program is a national initiative designed to assist disadvantaged youth programs by providing them with the resources needed to improve and enhance their existing programs.

Baltimore Connects will benefit UMAR Boxing, which is a community boxing center and after school program that has provided extracurricular and educational programs to Baltimore youth for  more than 20 years.

Pugh will be joined by Showtime Hall of Fame Sportscaster Al Bernstein at a news conference Thursday to launch the program.

"The work The House of Boxing Champions and the City of Baltimore are combining to do for the youth of that city is important and I am happy to lend my support. I am so delighted to be at the kickoff of this program and I look forward to my future visits back to Baltimore to continue to help. Boxing and other sports can be effective tools in helping young people lead productive lives," said Bernstein.

UMAR is currently recovering from the loss of two of its fighters to gun violence.

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The news conference starts at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at UMAR Boxing, located at 1217 W. North Ave. in Baltimore.