By d-mars.com News Provider
CDM Youth & Wellness Center (CDM), founded in 2009, is a community-based organization whose mission is to serve children and families in the North Houston area. CDM’s community activities and events include boxing, mixed martial arts, fitness training, and the Junior & Senior Golden Gloves and Super Brawl III (www.superbrawl2017.com). Courage, determination, and motivation are CDM’s founding core values, and these values serve as a driving force behind everything it does. Spanning 16K sq. ft., CDM’s facility is located in the Greenspoint Mall, offering a large space for many of their activities.
Houston Junior Golden Gloves, CDM’s annual three day boxing tournament was held last month. This boxing event specifically designed for youth between the ages of 8 and 16-years-old was open to all student athletes who met CDM guidelines. With a total of 102 fights throughout the three day tournament, boxers competed in three one minute rounds or until only one fighter stood victorious. This fun and entertaining event was made possible by the many boxers and gyms spanning across Greater Houston and the surrounding cities.
The winner of this year’s Junior GoIden Gloves was CDM’s own Adrian Norton, a freshman at Davis 9th Grade Center in Aldine ISD. The most exciting and electrifying fight of the championship night, Adrian, a competitor in the 200 lbs. + weight class defeated his opponent by using a careful combination of the skills taught by his coaches and mere gut intuition. While CDM is proud of him for bringing home the gold, they are just as proud of the dedication and resilience he has shown throughout his process.
Adrian, raised by a single parent, has faced many challenges in his family life and in school. Where most students would give up in the face of adversity, Adrian used his circumstances as motivation to overcome and deliver. With the help of his mentor, Coach Charles Brown and former English teacher Tanya Thompson (Lewis Middle School 2015-2016), Adrian has improved as an individual, student, and athlete. Because of the structure and discipline set forth for Adrian by his coaches, mentor, and teachers, he has become an exemplary student athlete. Last year Adrian received a Certificate of Achievement for his participation in a writing competition powered by “Do the Right Thing” (www.dtwt.org), a national campaign to stop youth violence.
Adrian’s coaches are Fred Crowe, Chris Powell, Mo Darthard, Rey Rueda, and Carlos Herrera. CDM gives special thanks to Tavares “The Producer” Coleman with Famous Touch TV, Meeko Spark TV (www.meekospark.com), and Chandra Jarmon and Chelsea Davis-Bibb with African-American News & Issues (www.aframnews.com).