Finding Mindfulness Inside the Ring

Richmond boxing champion Jonny Perez works with the Mindful Life Project, where he helps teach the concept of mindfulness to elementary school students in Richmond. But his life did not always look as promising as it does now.

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Richmond Grinders Capture Medal In Junior Olympics Nationals

The Richmond Grinders won a medal at the junior Olympics nationals in Virginia this year. And as their coach, I can tell you that what they accomplished is only the beginning. Their success is part of a bigger movement in Richmond and across the country, and its inspiration dates all the way back to the 1968 Olympics.

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Khalid’s Corner: Returning to the Field

by Khalid Elahi

I made my move ya’ll. After a decade in retirement I’m back on that Richmond Steeler football field and I haven’t missed a beat. I left a champion and I’m back to empower youth to reach the zenith of their potential.

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Down a Player: How a High School Coach and Basketball Team is Carrying on in the Wake of a Homicide

News Feature, Chanelle Ignant   At a Friday night basketball game in late November, Richmond High School’s boys basketball coach, Robert Collins, paced the sidelines, yelling instructions to his team. With less than 30 seconds left, and only a two-point lead over the Mount Diablo Devils, Collins had one command for his team. “Don’t foul […]

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Warriors Give Nystrom Community a New Place to Play

Story and Photos by Chanelle Ignant Lenora Walker grew up playing basketball near Martin Luther King Park in Richmond. But when the Martin Luther King Community Center closed a few years ago, the park’s run down outdoor courts became her only option. “All we had left were the courts here that had cracks [and] the […]

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Local Boxing Coach Training Champions in Richmond

News Report + Photos, Sukey Lewis “You better go Richmond on him!” Coach John Island spoke forcefully into his fighter’s ear as they huddled in the red corner of the boxing ring. Jonny Perez was in the middle of his third and final fight at the 2014 Ringside World Championship in Kansas City, Missouri. He […]

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