The Tewksbury Public Library is always a busy place beyond the circulation of books and other communication media. The Library is truly a community center – offering programs and speakers for all ages and all interests. Next week the Library continues its theme of boxing in the Merrimack Valley. Irish Mickey Ward himself made a recent appearance speaking about his memoir before over 100 patrons. This week look for:
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Training MickyMonday, June 18 at 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler StreetTrainer Mickey O’Keefe will discuss Micky Ward, “The Fighter”, and his own career, before taking questions from the audience.Mickey O’Keefe, a Golden Gloves winner in his own right, trained both Dicky Eklund and Micky Ward, childhood friends. Mickey played himself in “The Fighter”. Mickey, a police sergeant, has been with the Lowell Police Department for more than thirty years.
Boxing for DummiesTuesday, June 19, 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street
Mel Peabody will demonstrate the basics of boxing with the help of his students.
Mel Peabody has been the owner of Lawrence Boxing Club for the past 20 years. The Lawrence Boxing Club provides a safe, well-supervised and supportive haven for at-risk youth to learn the art of boxing. In the process, they develop self-discipline, self-confidence and sportsmanship that will serve them throughout their lives. Lawrence Boxing Club has an open door policy and a family-friendly atmosphere. Former champions mingle with young men and women, providing positive examples of how learning self-discipline leads to success in life. The Lawrence Boxing Club does not charge for the services and lessons provided by the highly trained and certified volunteer staff. Most members come from Lawrence and range in age from 11 to 34
An Evening with Tony DeMarcoThursday, June 21, 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street
Tony DeMarco will discuss his legendary career; show a short documentary; answer questions from the audience; and sign copies of his brand new biography - Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. Copies of Tony’s book will be available to purchase for all interested fans.
Tony DeMarco was an Italian kid from Boston’s North End, who rose through the boxing ranks to eventually become Welterweight Champion of the World during the Golden Era of Boxing. Tony, one of Boston’s most beloved sports figures, is now active in the community and involved with many organizations such as the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and the Veterans Boxing Association.
Breaking Into the Boxing BusinessFriday, June 22, 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street
USA Boxing’s Gary Bevis will discuss how individuals can become boxers and boxing officials.
Gary Bevis is the Chief of Officials for the New England Association of USA Boxing. The New England Association is the governing body of amateur boxing in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont under the authority of USA Boxing. The objectives of the New England Association are to foster, develop, promote, and coordinate recreational and competitive amateur boxing opportunities for all member athletes and supportive participants. The Association is a charitable, federal tax-exempt organization.