ABGC Football Players Talk Shop With Jon Gruden

Last Saturday, Dick’s Sporting Goods and ESPN sponsored the James Lee Razorback’s and Annandale Boys & Girls Club Bulldog’s annual bowl game at the Razorback’s stadium. ESPN Monday night football analyst and broadcaster, former NFL Head Coach, Jon Gruden was the guest/host and even did some play-by-play calling.

Jon greeted the teams, shook hands with players, coaches fans and our commissioner. The 2015 Northern Virginia Football “Player of the Year,” Annandale’s Brian Boyd, was the Bulldog’s player representative and was also interviewed by Coach Gruden.

After the game, Coach Gruden gathered both teams together for a pep talk about football.  He wished both programs the best of luck on our upcoming season and presented Dick’s Sporting Goods and ESPN t-shirts and blocking dummy pads to both programs.

Jon Gruden, Dick’s and ESPN also presented both clubs with a $2,000 check on behalf of their sponsorship program.  We thank them all for their support and you can be sure Annandale football will put that money to good use.

It was a great day for Annandale football!!!!!

 

Did you Know? Your School Shopping Can Help Annandale Youth

backtoschoolSchool Shopping?  Your Purchases Can Help ABGC!

It’s that time of the year (darn it!) when many parents and students are thinking about getting ready for school.  If you’re going to be shopping on Amazon this month please take a moment and name ABGC as your AmazonSmile designated charity.

It’s a simple and automatic way for ABGC supporters to help our organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to ABGC programs. Your AmazonSmile donations help pay for ABGC’s many community programs and thousands of scholarships we offer each season to qualified families.

How do you shop on Amazon Smile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I select ABGC when shopping on AmazonSmile?

 On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select Annandale Boys and Girls Club (ABGC) from the non-profit menu of choices to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

 Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

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Sign Up Today for ABGC Field Hockey

It’s Olympic season and chances are there are a number of sports you may not be all that familiar with, such as Field Hockey.   Both men and women compete in this stick sport which requires agility, quickness and strength.  ABGC is excited to offer Field Hockey this fall for boys and girls Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  The Sunday sessions will teach players the basics of this fun sport.  We hope you’ll join us!

Register in person at the ABGC offices or ONLINE here.

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Remembering Doug Dugan

Doug Dugan, one of the original members of the 1957 ABGC “Cavaliers,” passed away on 7/19/2016. He starred as a player at Lake Braddock and American University. Doug was an important member in the development of the club and will be missed!

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The Cavaliers were the first Washington Area youth team to win a National Championship in Men’s Soccer. Doug is the fourth player from the left in the first row.  His father was the coach and a very active ABGC volunteer and staff member, he is seen standing on the far left. Kip Germain, the current ABGC President, can be seen on the left in the first row.

ABGC Boxing Shines in Golden Gloves Tournament     

The Annandale Boys & Girls Boxing Club is proud to support two boxers who competed in the 2016 Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves Tournament, Gilbert Vargas at 141 lbs and Jason Canamaso at 152 lbs.  Vargas and Canamaso follow in the footsteps of several successful amateur ABGC champions including:  Zane “Tiger” Shah who competed in the National Golden Gloves Tournament in 2002 and went on to have a successful professional career, Todd “White Lightning” Wilson who sports a perfect 16-0 record and has won the Universal Boxing Federation America’s title, a stepping stone to the worlds stage and Edgar “El Tigre” Torres also undefeated at 8-0-1.

On the first night of competition in North Carolina, ABGC’s Gilbert Vargas was matched against Joshua Valles of the Alexandria Boxing Club. Gilbert rushed across the ring at the bell starting the first round, swarming his taller opponent.  However, Valles used the ring and a long stiff jab to keep Gilbert off of him.  Gilbert was in great shape and slipped Valles’ punches while scoring with punches thrown from all angles. The second round was more or less a repeat of the first with Gilbert out scoring his opponent.

The third and final round started like the first two with Gilbert scoring at will as his opponent was starting to tire from an accumulation of punches from the much more experienced Gilbert Vargas. Midway through the round the Alexandria coaches called a halt to the bout feeling their fighter, though he was still game to keep fighting, was taking too much punishment. The victory went to Gilbert Vargas of Annandale Boys & Girls Club.

Next up was ABGC’s Jason Canamaso versus Dorian Bastic unattached (meaning no club represents him).  This was Jason’s first fight.  Even so, it was a close fight and very hard to score as both fighters were in good shape and threw a lot of punches.  All three rounds were action packed. It was a close match and appeared Jason had pulled out the victory.  However, the judges scored it for his opponent, Dorian Bastic. It’s a decision we can live with, since Jason fought so well.

In his second round of competition, Gilbert Vargas was matched against Imani Clayton of Jassards Boxing. This was probably the toughest fight of the entire tournament for Gilbert. Imani Clayton was in great shape and showed he had skills to go along with his conditioning as both boxers gave everything they had for three hard rounds. We had no idea who would win by the final bell; however, the judges scored ABGC’s Gilbert Vargas as the victor sending him to the finals against Khari Clinkscales (unattached).

Since you have read to this point, here’s challenge for you — it’s your turn to judge the Championship bout.  We have the video of all three rounds available for you to watch and score. You decide who the 2016 141 lb Virginia/North Carolina Champion is. Scoring is done on a ten point must system. Ten points go to the winner of the round, nine to the loser. Take into consideration that blocked or missed punches do not score. The power of the hit is what scores, as well as the accuracy of the punch.

Follow this link to watch and score the bout:

2016 Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves 141 lb Championship bout

Gilbert Vargas vs Khari Clinkscales,  April 17th

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Interested in Boxing?

The Annandale Boys & Girls club offers boxing for fitness and self-defense as well as competition. We accept people of all ages and from all geographical locations.

Rates are $20 per month for children, $30 per month for college students, $40 per month for adults. No one is turned away for an inability to pay; in lieu of money you will be asked to volunteer your services to aid the Annandale Boys & Girls Club.

For more information contact us at:  annandale_boxing@outlook.com and read more about program on our website.