A word about the November 20th Event
from Kent Ward, Program Director for Heavy Hitters USA

    Sixty-one years ago, boxing was discontinued at the United States Coast Guard Academy, the year I was born. Maybe it was fate that, having been involved with boxing for over forty years, I would have some small part in the return of a boxing event to the Academy, located in the city where I grew up. Probably not, but Heavy Hitters USA certainly had a very prominent role in its return. With the help of Mr. Al Valenti, boxing promoter from Boston and the Connecticut USA Boxing Program, Heavy Hitters USA was able to bring the United States Marine Corps Boxing Team to New London for the first time. The Coast Guard Academy, through the efforts of their boxing coach Chris Soto, hosted the event and did a great job. Billard Hall, where the competition was held, was filled with energy, enthusiasm and cadets that were helpful throughout the event. One could almost feel the presence of the ghosts of boxing past smiling with pride in the arena they had competed in themselves so many years ago. There were also fans from New London who had never been inside the Academy gates before. Because of boxing, the playing field had been leveled and the cadets and the New London fans stood side-by-side for a moment that many will never forget.

Coast Guard Academy Boxing Show

    I would like to thank everyone involved with the production of this event and the sponsors and donors whose contributions helped Heavy Hitters defray some of the expenses. I would especially like to thank Mr. Orlando Peace, Program Coordinator for Heavy Hitters USA, for all the work he did and continuously does for the program, and Chris Soto and Tom Barile, CGA boxing coaches, for the work they do with their boxing program and for opening the “doors of possibilities” for the Heavy Hitters program.

Best Regards,
Kent Ward

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September 15th - "Gloves not Guns"program is well under way

September 7th - We are expanding

    Heavy Hitters USA is proud to announce that our youth programs will be expanding into space provided by the First Baptist Church of New London, located at 268 State Street and Washington Street. Pastor Thomas Hogsten has invited us to use a section of the Church, formerly used as a gym, to run our Strength and Conditioning Program and our Wrestling Program. Pastor Hogsten, with former ties to USA Wrestling, recognized our organization and knew we had limited space available. We will also have a use of classroom and meeting areas to provide further services to the area youth and young adults.

    We will continue to use athletic development as a tool for developing life skills and strategies for productive living. Everyone at HH USA would like to thank Pastor Hogsen and the First Baptist Church for providing us with this exciting opportunity!!!

May 30th - First "Gloves Not Guns" clinic took place at the Whaling City Boxing Club

Partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee, Heavy Hitters USA initiated the nationwide program with over 30 kids in attendance. The clinics continue throughout the summer, introducing kids up to 18 years of age the fundamentals of boxing and strength and conditioning. As with all programs at Heavy Hitters, physical training is accompanied with life skill lessons to build perseverance, self-esteem and a sense of community


March 28 - Thank You Everyone for attending
our Amateur Boxing Show!

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Trophies Sponsored by Jon Hyde/Connecticut Bail Bonds




  • November 17, Bristol, RI
    Brennan Ward, visiting coach for the Heavy Hitters youth wrestling program, won his second tournament in two weeks. Ward, wrestling for Johnson and Wales University, captured the 184 pound title this past weekend at the Roger Williams Invitational in Bristol, Rhode Island, posting a 5-0 record on Saturday. He won the 184 pound title on the weekend of November 7th at the Ithaca College Invitational Tournament in Ithaca New York, going 5-0 and helping Johnson and Wales finish in third place at both events.

  • June 14, Fort Trumbull - New London, CT
    Heavy Hitters kids volunteered as Race Course Marshalls for the Whaling City Cyclone bicycle races. Heavy Hitters also sponsored flower bouquets, designed by Thames River Greenery, for the winners of each race category

  • June 27, West Hartford, CT
        Did you think boxing is only for gentlemen? These two young ladies, Kelsey and Marcia, help represent Whaling City Boxing Club's 'Lady Luck Boxing Team' and both had their first fight at Nomad's in northern CT. They represented well and the entire gym is tremendously proud!

  • April 6, 2009
        Roberto Vega was chosen "Athlete of the Week" by USA Boxing, the national governing body of USA amateur boxing.
    Read the article about Roberto at USAboxing.org

  • 2.15.2009
    U.S. Olympic Committee Chooses HH USA
    The United States Olympic Committee and USA Boxing have chosen Heavy Hitters USA to implement the pilot program “Gloves, Not Guns” >>>>

  • 2.7.2009
    Outstanding Achievement
    Roberto Vega, a senior at New London High School, won the Western New England 119 pound Golden Gloves Championship in South Windsor, CT.