"Boxing gave me discipline; a sense of self. It made me more outspoken. It gave me more confidence." - Sugar Ray Leonard
There are over 28,000 registered amateur boxers in America. Every day, these young men and women step into boxing gyms facing tremendous odds. In the ring, they have their first experiences with self-control, self-analysis, and ultimately, self-worth.
For almost a half-century, the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing has fought to keep boxing a safe, sophisticated, and state-of-the-art sport for the amateur boxer. AAIB Scholarships provide the only financial assistance in the country to disadvantaged high school seniors who want to attend one of the few elite colleges with boxing programs.
AAIB Scholars are hard-working students and community members as well as disciplined athletes. They receive funding for tuition, textbooks, and other educational needs at an accredited college or university as well as ongoing guidance from the program. The AAIB has awarded sixty scholarships since their creation in 1993. Six scholarships were awarded in 2014. Fourteen scholarships were awarded in 2015.
World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano and world-famous boxing coach and professor Stephen B. Acunto founded the AAIB to promote boxing in communities across the country, in the higher education system, and through research and the advancement of national standards, regulations, and legislation. The organization’s biggest impact today is on the lives of students.
The AAIB’s all-volunteer board of directors and staff consists of former boxers, boxing judges, commissioners, announcers, referees, and enthusiasts. One hundred percent (100%) of your donation goes directly to the AAIB's mission to improve the sport of boxing and support young boxers.
Help us find more of these determined young individuals. Give them the discipline, strategy, and confidence of the sweet science and noble art. Give them more than a fighting chance. Give them a boxing chance. Donate at aaib.org.