By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields hopes to "knock out hunger" with an event she's sponsoring in Flint.
Shields won the gold medal at this year's London Olympics at the age of 17. Since returning from the Olympics, the Flint native has been on a whirlwind tour speaking to groups, media, and appearing on a variety of TV talk shows. She has become a role model for thousands of young people, proving that hard work and dedication can take you to the top.
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint, Shields will share her inspirational story during the benefit program. University of Michigan-Flint is joining with Shields to help fight hunger. Students and the public are urged to bring at least one nonperishable food item for admission to Claressa's presentation.
"Crossroad Connection Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is pleased to co-sponsor an appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields. As the first-ever women's Olympic Middleweight Champion, Ms. Shields shattered a glass ceiling at the age of seventeen," said Mary Jo Sekelsky, UM-Flint Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and President of the Crossroad Connection Chapter. "Since 1949, ABWA has provided opportunities for women to grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, and networking. It is with great pride ABWA salutes the accomplishments of Ms. Claressa Shields."
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan networks with 417 agencies in 22 counties to provide 20.5 million pounds of food annually. This provides about 50,000 meals each week to those in need.
"The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is thrilled to be part of Claressa Shields' speaking engagement. The Food Bank recognizes our youth as our most vulnerable recipients of our various programs. At the same time, the youth will become our next generation of philanthropists," noted Mary Clark, Development Coordinator of Food bank of Eastern Michigan. "Ms. Shield's influence in the community gives hope to our young people who are struggling, and encourages youth who can to make a difference."
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