Former Army Ranger Christopher Mendez is the head coach of the University of Washington Boxing Club.  Photographed at Seattle Boxing Gym Monday, March 21, 2016.

Former Army Ranger Christopher Mendez is the head coach of the University of Washington Boxing Club. Photographed at Seattle Boxing Gym Monday, March 21, 2016.

Mendez has structured the UW club like a military academy. He divides the team into brigades, each with a leader who governs boxers and reports directly to Mendez, who says this develops leaders. Kim is now a doctor. Five of Mendez’s other boxers are in medical school. Two others have become Navy SEALs.

“I’m doing this to do things better than boxing, to push kids beyond the average,” Mendez says. “The boxing is just a vehicle, and we’re doing that successfully, which is part of the process.”

Excerpts from a terrific story by Mike Gastineau. He is a former sports-talk radio host and author of “Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece”, a book detailing the birth of Seattle’ MLS soccer franchise.

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/college/uw-boxing-club-fights-for-survival-as-it-prepares-to-host-national-championships/

Mike Gastineau is a former sports-talk radio host and author of “Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece”, a book detailing the birth of Seattle’ MLS soccer franchise.

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