GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Boxing Club, which began nearly three years ago as a "floating" boxing program, has a permanent home at 72 Stockbridge Road (the former Gans Bedding).
The brick and mortar space will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, April 17. There will be a grand opening party on Friday, May 17 May 24, at the gym, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to see live exhibition sparring. Everyone is welcome.
Berkshire Boxing Club offers a training program for beginners as well as seasoned boxers who are hoping to compete. Genève Brossard, Berkshire Boxing Club's head coach and founder, has been running a grassroots boxing program here in the Berkshires for nearly three years in a variety of locations, training boxers for everything from non-contact fitness to competition.
Prior to teaching in the Berkshires, Brossard (who began boxing training at Gleason's gym in 1999) was a New York Golden Gloves and State Empire Games Champion. She was an athlete on the USA Elite Women's Boxing team in 2006 and represented the United States at the Pan American Games. She also was the first woman to represent the London-based Lynn Boxing Club, fighting the European elite amateur circuit for two years and finishing her boxing career as a London Amateur Boxing Association tournament finalist in 2010.
"Boxing for me has always meant freedom. Through boxing I've experienced choice, the choice to train, to step into the ring, and choosing to be disciplined and devoted," Brossard said in a press release on the gym's opening. "That kind of devotion is reflected in the people who have been drawn to the Berkshire Boxing Club: teens, professional people, people looking to get in shape, older people. They've come in with very different intentions, and yet there is a real care and community here. They are supporting each other in their training. It's the kind of sport that engages everyone."
In addition to boxing classes — novice, youth Olympic-style, intermediate, competitive — the club will offer strength and mobility training, functional fitness, athlete recovery yoga, sparring, one-on-one sessions, guest seminars, exhibition fights, and other unique events.
"Boxing is an equalizer. Anyone can come in and work hard and get good and be acknowledged, which is so important," Brossard said. "Just come as you are. Everyone is welcome."
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CATA Breaks Ground for New Art Center & Headquarters
The 6,400 square foot center is designed by Clark & Green Architects. It's expected to take about a year to renovate the structure.
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Access for the Arts broke ground on Wednesday morning for a new art center at 420 Stockbridge Road.
The center will be a permanent home for CATA and allow the organization to expand its innovative arts programs for people with disabilities.
The two-story, 6,400-square-foot facility will double the organization's existing studio space, with two studios — one for visual arts and writing, the other for dance and performing arts. CATA's new arts center will also embody the principles of Universal Design, making the facility accessible to every person. For the first time, the building will bring the organization's studios and offices under the same roof.
State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli attended the groundbreaking ceremony with state Sen. Adam Hinds. They both served as honorary co-chairs of CATA's Capital Campaign Steering Committee and provided the event's opening remarks.
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