Boxing For Autism Awareness

Published: Apr. 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2016 at 9:49 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, TX - A day revolving around raising money and awareness for autism with a knockout punch took place Saturday in Wichita Falls.

    "It's really enjoyable because we're doing two things at the same time," Erika Kline, trainer at Pueblo Boxing said.

    Pueblo Boxing and Courtyard Marriot of Wichita Falls came together to sponsor this event for Families for Autism Support of Texoma or FAST. Participants paid an entry fee and were given a t-shirt, hand wraps and a boxing class alongside children who have autism.

    "It is very good for children with autism. It's a very good outlet.... It helps gain focus and it's a great outlet for stress and anger it's just an amazing, amazing activity for anyone," Tiffany Humpert, President of FAST said.

    This is the first year for this event and participants enjoyed the age range throughout the classes.

    "At one point a kid looked a little confused. I got to go over and help him out and its a lot of fun to see the kids staying healthy and doing things that's really getting them active and moving so I love seeing kids out here today. It's awesome," Starsha Canaday said.

    The atmosphere throughout the gym was high energy with music and trainers getting participants in gear.

    "Right whenever I walked in the door you could hear the music playing and everybody was fired up and getting excited," Clay Conrady said.

    Although this was the first year for this event, organizers are already drawing up plans for the next one.

    "I would love to have a box-a-thon twice a year. It's so much fun and everybody is having a great time and it's just such a cool, cool event," Humpert said.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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