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Mike Tyson News: Tyson community service update!

Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 @ 09:17:06 UTC by tysonian

​​​​Several weeks ago, 'Iron' Mike Tyson plead guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a fracas with two men outside of the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel last June. A judge ordered the former two-time heavyweight champ to perform 100 hours of community service within a six month period, with such time to be spent teaching children how to box. Once his community service has been completed, other charges against the boxer (including assault and harassment) will be dropped. If convicted, Tyson could have faced up to one year in jail. Currently, the two men are awaiting charges of menacing the fighter in that altercation.

In the coming days, Tyson is set to begin his court ordered community service work at the famed Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, NY. Fightnews spoke to Bruce Silverglade, owner of Gleason's - and the one responsible for the idea of having Tyson serve his penance at the gym.

Silverglade explains, "The district attorney investigator (Alan Presser) and I talked about Mike working with the kids here at Gleason's. Over a period of time, there were discussions back and forth between the defense and prosecution. Both sides agreed and here we are.

Regarding the duties that await the former champ at Gleason's, Silverglade states "I would like Mike to work with my junior Olympic kids. Their ages are from 8 to 16 years old and I think those are the most impressionable years for a kid. The guys who are in their late 20's are already set in their ways, so I don't think what Mike has to say will change them. But the youngsters, I think they will be able to listen and grasp what he has to say.

"My idea would be that Mike would train the kids in the ring, show them some moves and to talk to them. Lecture them. Let them know what it's like to have a dream and to become a world champion. And most importantly, let the kids know what it's like to lose it all when you do something wrong. I think that the kids will be impressionable enough that it could have some meaning to them.

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Long ago, Silverglade established a program entitled ‘Give a Kid a Dream', which allows underprivileged children the opportunity to train at Gleason's without paying dues. Silverglade adds, "Of course, the kids in my ‘Give a Kid a Dream' program will be included as well as anybody who is a member of my gym that falls into that age category. I'm limiting this to members of the gym because I've been inundated with parents and people calling to ask that their kids be trained by Mike Tyson."

In his amateur days, Tyson often trained at Gleason's. Silverglade remembers, "Mike was extremely formidable. At age 14, he looked like he does today. Back then, I ran the amateurs. And when you compete in a tournament, you have to prove your age. It was very difficult for him because he was so big and strong. Nobody believed how old he was and it was hard to get him sanctioned fights."

Silverglade offers, "When Mike is in the gym, he is a gentleman. I've never had a problem with him at Gleason's nor when we were together in the amateurs. He conducted himself like an athlete. I think this will be a fun program and one that Mike will appreciate. It will do the community and Mike some good. So, I'm real happy that things worked out."

Source: fightnews.com


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