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USA Boxing

Written by: Abby Ray

 

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Montreal Hunter (blue) punches Mauricio Quintanilla (red) during their fight at the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga on Monday, October 8, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

During October 7th – 13th Chattanooga hosted the 2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Boxing Championships. The event was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center and had the largest turnout in national tournament history according to TeamUSA.org. Chattanooga has hosted the Eastern Elite Qualifiers two consecutive years since 2017.

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Deontay Brown (blue) kneels down before the begging of his bout at the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

“After check-in and general weigh-in, a total of 834 boxers and 550 boxers will take part in the weeklong national tournament at the Chattanooga Convention Center,” from TeamUSA.org. Due to the large amount of boxers, a 5th ring was added to accommodate the amount of participants.

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The USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

The tournament had Elite, Youth, Junior, Intermediate, Bantam, and PeeWee divisions. Elite Boxers must be 18 years old and have at least 5 years of experience under their belt. The rest of the divisions have boxers who are 17 years old to just 8 years old. The tournament also had female and male boxing divisions.

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The USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

In order to ensure the boxers safety, ring side physicians are present during every bout. The physicians follow concussion protocol and are aware of the early signs of one. Dr. Armando Sanchez was the lead physician at the Qualifiers.

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The USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

The winning boxers from the Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Boxing Championships are one step closer to qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

 

 

 

 

Concussions in Boxing:

Written by: Ayriel Ayers
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Christina Cruz (red) punches Azizo Nimani (blue) during the USA vs Germany boxing matches in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 12, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Webster’s definition of a concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. Concussions in the Chattanooga area are a prominent issue in today’s sports realm. According to NATA Journals, Men’s boxing has one of the highest rates of concussions, with a 34% rate out of every 1,000 players, according to wiki statistics.How do you recognize the signs of concussion in a young athlete? To begin, a concussion does not have to be a result of a blow to the head with “blacking out” occurring. Concussions can occur with shaking or rapid head movements and more often than not leave the athlete fully conscious.

“The Brain is the brain. Concussions don’t change. Boxing isn’t the worst sport, but it’s more acceptable to gaining a concussion. the boxers are in a sport that can potentially give them a concussions,” Dr. Armando, boxing medical specialist gives us a more professional insight on boxing with concussions. Armando said,“you want to attack the issue way before it happens, limit those chances of a concussion, anytime you feel there could potentially be something wrong, get it checked out.”

Boxing is a form of fighting, which according to Dr.Armando is “Human Nature” the fighting wont stop, but preventing concussions is possible.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Storytellers

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Abby Ray

Abby Ray, a senior at UTC studying Communications and Business Administration, is from Memphis, Tennessee. She currently works as an intern at Delegator, which is a digital advertising agency in Chattanooga. A few of Ray’s passions are working out, watching the Memphis Grizzlies and scrolling through twitter.

 

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Elian Richter

Elian Richter is an climbing instructor and action photographer. Elian works at High Point Climbing gym as a certified instructor and as a backup photographer. He now combines the skills learned from climbing with the skills he’s acquired in photography to do photo shoots for climbers and outdoors enthusiasts.

 

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Ayriel Ayers

Ayriel Ayers is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She’s skilled in photography, human development, and public relations. As the NAACP President, Resident Assistant for UTC housing, and a Community Service and Membership Development Chairwoman for her sorority, her leadership and positivity characteristics continually pointed her to success.

 

 

 

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Allie Schrenker – Rugby Queen

 

 

The UTC Women’s Club Sports Rugby team has 32 members and Allie Schrenker is their captain. Allie talks about her passion for the sport and what drives her to keep playing.

 

 

 

 

 

Cade Deakin ECHO WEBCade Deakin

Cade Deakin is a photographer and videographer based in Chattanooga, who has worked at the student newspaper, The University Echo, while completing a communications degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and completed a media internship making promotional photos and videos at Songbirds Guitar Museum.

 

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Allie Schrenker

Allie Schrenker is a committed athlete studying Communications and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with plans to graduate in May 2019. She is one of the editors for UTC’s literary journal and is currently pursuing a career in photojournalism.

 

 

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Chattahooligans

chattahooliganposterFINALjpg.jpgThe Chattahooligan feature is designed to do two things: to familiarize the viewer with the Chattanooga Football Club fan base known as The Chattahooligans, and to highlight their influence in the city by showing their support for Operation Get Active (an organization started through the CFC Foundation).  

In this multimedia piece, three Chattahooligans are interviewed at an OGA event, and while each are interviewed separately, they all touch on the importance of building community through organizations like OGA, which emphasizes inclusiveness, and giving everyone the opportunity to participate.  Inclusiveness and opportunity are two core ideals in the The Chattahooligan fan base, and while they are comprised of many members, with each having varying levels of interest in the game, each ultimately share the same passion for cultivating community in Chattanooga.

 

 

 

Meet the Storytellers

savannahcSavannah Champion

Savannah Champion is a Junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She also works as a Marketing Coordinator for a local infrastructure company, where she utilizes her love for content writing and graphic design to create clear and consistent messaging.

 

Cade Deakin ECHO WEBCade Deakin

Cade Deakin is a photographer and videographer based in Chattanooga, who has worked at the student newspaper, The University Echo, while completing a communications degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and completed a media internship making promotional photos and videos at Songbirds Guitar Museum. 

 

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Nik Jones is a senior communications student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with experience in photojournalism. He is passionate about art in its many forms, but more importantly people and the stories they have to tell.

 

 

 

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Invitation Only: Black Girl in a White World

JJ Dunigan is a senior at GPS.
JJ Dunigan is a senior at GPS. (Photo by Erica Roberts)

Girls Preparatory School, also known as GPS, is an all-girls private school in Chattanooga Tennessee. Since GPS is a private school, students must pay a tuition in order to enroll in the school. GPS girls are typically stereotyped using two characteristics: caucasian and wealthy. What does it look like to go to a school where you do not fit those stereotypes?

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