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Letters | Lessons in the Ring

Sport offers great rewards to those who work at it

Kids in the boxing class at the Teen Center at St. Peter’s Church collected gear.

Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff

Kids in the boxing class at the Teen Center at St. Peter’s Church collected gear.

I thoroughly enjoyed the May 14 cover story in the g section “Bob. Weave. Spar. Study.” by Jan Brogan. I am so happy to learn that the sport of boxing is growing in popularity after falling “out of favor” in the 1980s.

As the article points out, boxing is an intense sport that requires much discipline, both physical and mental. But the physical and emotional rewards to those who apply themselves are endless. I took up the “sweet science” about 18 months ago during a particularly stressful time in my life, and it has done wonders for improving my overall well-being.

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I was not surprised to read that the sport is having such a positive impact on local youth. My family lived in Dorchester for decades, and I have fond memories of attending St. Peter’s Church with my grandmother as a small child. I am pleased to learn that good things are happening in the teen center and the community, an outcome of all the hard work of the dedicated volunteers and devoted students.

Maureen McHugh


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