I'm not sure if I could hack it as a kid these days. Despite all the "everybody gets a ribbon" nonsense that's been making the rounds ever since I was a kid, things have definitely taken a downward spiral starting with 9/11. The next time you hear someone use the term "new normal," just walk away. They threw in the towel. We came here to fight. Boxing, more than anything else, teaches kids how to be comfortable in their own skin. Overcome adversity, celebrate diversity and above all be prepared for those moments when we are called upon to stand up for someone else.