U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials announces partnership with St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (ALSAC)
Monday, 16 February 2004

On Feb. 17-21, athletes from around the country will step into the squared circle in Tunica, Mississippi, to compete for a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials.

But while only a select few will earn the chance to fight for Olympic gold, each and every hopeful there will be in the corner of children in a different fight — the fight against childhood catastrophic diseases.

The trials, held at the Tunica Arena & Exposition Center, will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and help continue the hospital's mission of finding cures and saving children.

"St. Jude is a wonderful facility that has truly made a difference in the lives of thousands and thousands of children for many years," said Chris Byrd, 1992 Olympic silver medalist and current International Boxing Federation Heavyweight Champion. "It's appropriate that we are donating proceeds from these Olympics trials to further research that can help children who may someday grow up to compete in events like this."

Athletes will compete in 143 matches during five days of events. The trials will feature the top eight athletes in each of the 11 Olympic-style boxing weight classes as they compete for a spot on the 2004 Olympic team. The 2004 Olympics will be Aug.13-29 in Athens, Greece. Preliminary bouts begin on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. The Championship Finals will be held Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

"Almost every child dreams of being in the Olympics," said David L. McKee, chief operating officer for ALSAC, St. Jude's fund-raising arm. "It is only fitting that those now in pursuit of their dreams stop and remember a new generation of dreamers who are now engaged in a fight for their lives."

Corporate sponsors for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials are Sam's Town Casino, Coca-Cola, Bill Heard Chevrolet, McVean Trading & Investments, Hunter Brown Sports Café and DeSoto Athletic Club.

For more information, or to contact St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (ALSAC), see their website at: www.stjude.org

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