I personally did not have the privilege. However, I find that years after his passing I am bound to his legacy.
A long-time police officer and advocate for at-risk youth, Earle Everett started the boxing program for Manchester PAL. That program continued after Earle passed away finally closing down due to flooding. Two years ago the former coach, Paul Cichon and I opened Manchester Ring of Champions Society (ROCS).
Everett is quoted as saying "there is no such thing as a bad kid." He gave kids a chance. He understood the unique draw the boxing program had. How the discipline and focus taught these kids to respect themselves and others. This is why we at Manchester ROCS named our signature fundraising event after him: The Earle Everett Memorial Boxing & Dinner Show.
As I did last year, I will soon be talking to local businesses about sponsoring our event. Proceeds of the event help us keep the doors open and continue to serve the youth of our community. Last year that proved to be very interesting. It seemed everyone had an "Earle Everett" story. Apparently this man was not a wall-flower.
In fact it seems he was quite a colorful character. I had several people tell me I reminded them of him. (Not sure how to take that) I believe they meant my persistance in working for our kids. I understand it was hard to say "No" to Earle.
The stories are entertaining to say the least. And if the mention of his name still brings smiles to peoples faces, that's pretty special. Honoring this man with this event is fitting. Many of the kids he worked with are grown now and have returned to volunteer at our club. So his legacy continues. This year the event will be held on Saturday, May 4th click link to the event: http://patch.com/E-tRrG
Do you have an Earle Everett story you would like to share?