Women’s Boxing Champion Claressa Shields to Share Importance of Faith with Flint Students

FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County will host a free presentation by Flint’s own Super Middleweight Women’s Champion Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy. Shields will be sharing the importance of her faith with Flint area high school students. All Flint area high school students are invited to attend.

Young Life is a world-class non-profit mentoring organization for youth serving Flint area teens and pre-teens for more than 50 years.

“Claressa Shields is truly an inspiration for the entire community,” said Sue Frownfelter, Area Director of Young Life of Genesee County. “We believe her heartwarming message of faith will speak to Flint area youth in search of truth and meaning in their lives. So many of our teens are in crisis. We believe her words will speak hope.”

The 22-year-old Shields is the USA’s only two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist, male or female. In 2014, Shields won the World Championship and the following year, she became the first American to win titles in women’s boxing at the Olympics and Pan American games.Shields won gold at the 2016 AMBC Olympic Qualifying tournament in Argentina. Later that year, she won the gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, and was the only American gold medalist on the team. Her amateur boxing record was 77 wins (19 by knockout and one loss). In November 2016, Shields officially went pro. She won her first match by unanimous decision. On March 10, she fought for the North American Boxing Federation middleweight title, and won. It was the first time a women’s boxing bout was the main event on a United States premium network card. In January, Shields retained her WBC and IBF female super middleweight titles, and won the WBAN Super Middleweight title.

For more information about Shields’ presentation, please call 810.577.2020 or email sfrownfelter@genco.younglife.org.

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