Iowa City Tate High School Students Relieve Stress Through Boxing
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new partnership between an Iowa City alternative high school and a local boxing gym is paying off in the classroom.
Ann Browning, principal at Tate High School, said students' attendance records and grades have improved since the school started offering boxing.
“The kids can just let everything out in a safe, controlled environment,” Browning said.
Twice a week, Browning walks about 25 students from the school to the nearby Title Boxing Club, located in the Sycamore Mall. The students spend about an hour working with professional trainers, hitting bags and doing other exercises.
“It’s exciting when these kids come in here,” said Chad Wiltz, co-owner of Title Boxing Club. “And the school requires them to earn it.”
Students aren’t allowed to attend boxing classes if they’re failing classes or have poor attendance. Browning said boxing classes have not only improved those areas, but have also eased tension in the hallways.
“We’re having fewer problems at school, because this is a privilege that has to be earned,” she said.
The district put forth about $700 to help fund the program. Title Boxing Club has picked up the other expenses, which include trainers, equipment and gym space.
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