Elk River Boxing Club Seeks Donated Weight Equipment to Give Local Youth Safe, Drug-Free Place


By: Stacy Nelson | Posted Oct. 13, 2018

Elk River Boxing Club is located at 5522 Elk River Road, in Elkview, West Virginia. They currently offer kickboxing, karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu MMA classes for all ages and skill levels; however, according to Coach Rob Fletcher, they are in need of donated weight equipment. They are starting construction on a new weight room in order to expand on the services they are offering which also provides a positive outlet for youth in the community.

According to Fletcher, they currently have 10-15 school age members, many of which ride the bus to the gym after school each day. “A majority of the kids we work with are on our scholarship program. They usually arrive around 4:30 PM and the parents pick them up between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. We start each day with warm-up exercises and fitness training, then depending on which day it is, we have class in either boxing, Kick Boxing or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.”  Fletcher wants to provide a safe, positive, drug-free environment for more kids, who may not be interested in combat sports.  Fletcher continued, “I started working with the kids from the Elk River area in 2012 that would come to my gym in Charleston. Some I would pick up and take home and some caught the KRT to there. I could see a lot of these kids were in a place in their lives where they could choose two paths. My main objective has been to help the area kids, and if we can change a path some of these kids are on before it’s too late, then everything we do here is worth it.”

If anyone is interested in helping Elk River Boxing Club with their mission or has weight equipment they would like to donate, contact Rob Fletcher at (681) 313-6001. Check them out on Facebook.

Christmas in July Give-A-Way by Elk River Get-A-Way

Sponsored By: Elk River Getaway

Elk River Getaway is having a Christmas in July Give-A-Way.

Enter to win 1 of 12 FREE half day rentals. The drawing will be held July 25th.

To enter, visit the following participating locations below, write your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and drop in the event box onsite.

Winning Passes Valid: Aug. – Sept. 2018

For more information call (304) 993-0006 or visit www.elkgetaway.com

Good luck from The Clendenin Leader and Elk River Getaway!

Did You Know? – Country Road House and Berries

The month of May means the strawberries are ripe for the picking at Country Road House and Berries in Clendenin, West Virginia! Place an order, find them at the Capitol Market in Charleston, or pick your own berries in one of their 2 acre strawberry fields. Join us as we visit with Angela and John Born at their Bed & Breakfast and strawberry farm location just off of Gabe Creek Road in Clendenin.


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