BATTLE ON THE BEACH! Jackie Atkins Boxing Foundation Annual Fundraiser Supports New Jersey Youth

Jackie Atkins

Battle on the Beach // Long Branch, NJ

New Jersey’s Give a Kid a Dream (NJGAKAD) foundation proclaims “young people are worth fighting for” at fundraiser on July 9, 2022

I believe children need someone passionate. Someone who will fight for them. In boxing, I can step into a ring, and maybe I’ll win or maybe not. But when it comes to our youth, losing is not an option”

— Jacklyn “Coach Jackie” Atkins, Founder, NJGAKAD

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY, USA, June 7, 2022 / — Get ready to rumble on the Great Lawn at Long Branch on Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m. during the annual “Battle on the beach“New Jersey Fundraising Boxing Event Give a child a dream (NJGAKAD), a non-profit youth organization.

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Hosted in partnership with the City of Long Branch Recreation Department and Director Carl Jennings, NJGAKAD hosts a New Jersey Association of USA Boxing-sanctioned youth boxing fundraising match to showcase talent of exceptional amateur boxers from the age of eight.

Join us at the Great Lawn (located on Ocean Avenue between Ocean Place Hotel and Rooney’s) at 1:00 p.m. July 9 (rain date July 10) and help us raise funds for at-risk youth in the New Jersey community . Boxing fans, community supporters and families will come together to watch more than ten thrilling championship fights and cheer on local New Jersey Olympic amateur boxers.

Children in the program receive boxing training at legendary Gleason’s Gym Jersey Shore, tutoring for schoolwork, and learn relevant life skills through travel and field trips to become life champions.

With a track record of creating national boxing champions through programs she built from the ground up, two-time Ringside World Champion, National Golden Glove Champion and NJ Martial Arts Kickboxing Champion, Jackie Atkins transforms coaching experiences into tremendous successes.

“Children are what you think of them, and we believe all of our children are capable of achieving great things,” said NJGAKAD Founder Jackie Atkins. “We are honored to have such a committed team that believes our young people are worth fighting for and are ready to invest. No other investment pays off like investing in our kids.”

Despite battling adversity over the past year, NJGAKAD has continued to support our youth and their families without disruption of services. Kids stayed engaged virtually, those who needed virtual assistance received it, and even safe drive-in tours, often with meals for their beloved coach’s families, became commonplace. Safety and health protocols were immediately put in place in accordance with state mandates.

Women are warriors who wear many hats and “gloves” in life. Our “Girls in Gloves” program, born in 2019, aims to teach young women about “self”, including self-defense, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-awareness, empowerment, self-control and most importantly, self-love. The program has caught the attention of neighboring towns in New Jersey, and the mayor of Atlantic City recently joined the program year.

According to national statistics, three to four students – out of ten high school students – do not meet the criteria to graduate from high school. NJGAKAD boasts a 100% pass rate as each participant graduates from high school right from the start of the program. Participants have attended and graduated from college or enlisted to join our armed forces. In 2021, all young people in the college have achieved an academic average of 85% or more while improving their attendance thanks to mentors who invest in this program and provide advice to young people.

All proceeds will benefit the 501c3 New Jersey Give a Kid a Dream organization, a program dedicated to NJGAKAD Life Champions. To donate, visit the NJGAKAD donation page. For sponsorship opportunities, please email [email protected]

Sponsors are an integral part of the action. All proceeds are used to provide youth programs and scholarships. Contact Jennifer Smiga at 201-892-9403 or [email protected] with questions.

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About Jackie Atkins:
A 2014 inductee into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, Jacklyn “Coach Jackie” Atkins blushes at the accolades, choosing to focus on winning for her students. The New Jersey native and Coach of the Year award winner has earned a reputation as a youth miracle worker. Her ability to uplift others includes creating the competitive women’s boxing program at West Point Academy and securing two collegiate national championships. Trained in boxing from an early age with the New Jersey Police Athletic League, Jackie became comfortable in multiple fighting styles before pursuing her passion for educating at-risk youth through the discipline of boxing. Recognized as an advocate for children through her work with Give a Kid a Dream, Jackie received the 2016 Tony Dowling Child Advocacy Award for her practical excellence. “I believe children need someone with passion. Someone who will fight for them, in addition to their family, whether it’s a parent or two, grandparents or grandparents. ‘a foster family,’ Atkins said. “In boxing, I can walk into a ring, and maybe I’ll win, or maybe I won’t. But when it comes to our youth, losing is not an option.”

New Jersey Give a Kid a Dream (NJGAKAD) – Champions of Life is a 501c3 organization supported by private donations, outstanding coaches, Gleason’s Jersey Shore Gym training staff members, community members and ready professionals to volunteer their time and invest in our youth. The Champions for Life program combines the benefits of boxing with a program that includes positive life skills and social services to encourage and empower children to achieve their goals, regardless of adversity. The Give a Kid a Dream program integrates the discipline of Olympic-style amateur boxing with fitness, life skills, counseling, mentoring, and academic advancement under one guideline. 100% of your donation will fund the Battle on the Beach event and ongoing work and support. For more information, please visit

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