After years of running a gym on a shoestring teaching kids to box, Noah Newman has received national recognition for his efforts.
Newman, founder of the North Augusta Boxing Club, received the National Hero Award from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. He will receive $3,000 in cash and his club will get $15,000.
He and two other award winners were announced Friday in Atlanta.
Award winners were chosen by SGMA and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Newman founded the club in 1983. He taught boxing on patios, in backyards and his own garage before renting an old storefront on U.S. Highway 1 and converting it into a gym.
The gym boasts boxing bags in every corner, some weight gear and a full-size boxing ring, all paid for mostly with Mr. Newman's own money. A large banner hangs across the back wall that reads "Hard Training No Complaining."
He teaches boxing as a means of teaching discipline, using the sport to keep kids off drugs and out of trouble, he said. He coaches four nights a week, and the gym is run by Newman, his wife and a few volunteers.
The club's fighters have competed well, with three of their boxers currently holding state titles. Cortez Edwards, a boxer in the 125-pound class from the North Augusta Club, won the Alexandria Cup, a national title, in December.