Former Ugandan boxing champion looks to the next generation

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Now mentoring young people in both Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and his hometown of Kampala, Uganda, Kayongo is training the next generation to discover their own independence through boxing.

Kayongo took up his role as a coach at the Northside Boxing Club in Minneapolis after retiring from a successful boxing career. Nicknamed the “African Assassin”, he boxed for the Ugandan national team and won a silver medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

In 2003, he launched a career as a professional boxer in Minnesota and eventually received US citizenship. “Once I got the freedom, I had to retire, so I [could] pass it on to this coming generation,” he said.

In Northside, Kayongo hosts summer programs that teach boxing, financial literacy and black history to local underprivileged youth. He also founded Northside’s sister organization, Godfather Boxing Academy, halfway around the world in Kampala, which provides food, shelter and school fees to children in need.

“It was my promise to go back” [to] build a shelter gym,” explains Kayongo. “Everyone is needed to intervene [and] take care of these children because they are the next generation of the community.”

Watch the video at the top of this page to learn more about how Kayongo’s past as a child soldier influenced his desire to change the lives of young people.



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