The most winningest boxing coach in the world, Dallas native Derrick James, credits his love for boxing to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. In fact, as a member of the Oak Cliff Club, he went on a field trip to see the movie Rocky where he first developed an interested in boxing.
Fast forward some two decades later and James, along with fellow BGCD alum and City of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, brought their love of boxing to over 200 BGCD Club kids with a free screening of the movie “Creed III” starring Michael B. Jordan, Jonathan Majors, and Tessa Thompson at LOOK Dine-in Cinemas in Dallas.
“I really wanted to give the kids an opportunity to see the movie to encourage them to pursue their dreams and take advantage of all that Boys & Girls Clubs has to offer,” said James.
James now trains world-class boxers including Dallas-area welterweight fighter Errol Spence, Jr. Spence, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and other professional boxers interacted with Club kids at a meet-and-greet prior to the screening.
Both James and Mayor Johnson spoke about their experiences with BGCD and credited the Club to the success in their careers.
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