Hurricane Boxing Gym is non-profit organization whose mission is to impact and transform local youth through a boxing program that encourages integrity, discipline, respect, values, and morals. Their goal is to remind their junior fighters of their incredible value and worth to the future of their community and this country.
While filming a commercial campaign on location across the south, we discovered Hurricane Boxing Gym in Tampa, and featured the gym in the official campaign. So inspired and impressed by the gym's mission under founder, Will Velez, and young fighters Francisco Rodriguez & the Valle brothers (Kenyon, Dominic, and Marques) - we created this tribute.
Upon seeing a cut of the project, ad agency (FitzCo) and client (Synovus) decided to support and run with it. FitzCo elevated the film to broadcast, and Synovus pledged a $30,000 donation to the gym, to help the program focus on transforming the lives of youths in Tampa.
All to say, I'm exceedingly grateful to everyone involved in seeing this project through - and for the good it will serve in aiding the gym, its young fighters, and the community.
To learn more, or to get involved, please go to:
Hurricane Boxing Gym, Founder & Trainer: Will Velez
Fighters: Francisco Rodriguez, Marques Valle, Dominic Valle, Kenyon Valle
Agency: Fitzgerald & Co
Writer & Director: Jordan Bahat
Producer: Mike Sarkissian
Cinematographer: Mike Gioulakis
Executive Producer: Darren Foldes @ Caviar
Editor: Jack Price
Color: Brandon Chavez
Post-Producer: Terry Huynh
Music by scoreAscore
Composer & Arranger: Daniel Ciurlizza
Executive Producer: Jordan Passman @ scoreAscore
Music Producer: Jake Weinreb