Perris Redevelopment and Economic Development Manager Michael McDermott and Housing Manager Sabrina Chavez present a check for $2,000 to Andre Mitchell, co-founder of the P-Town Combat Sports Academy, which trains aspiring pugilists and martial artists.
City of Perris officials presented a check for $2,000 to the P-Town Combat Sports Academy, a non-profit boxing club that trains more than 100 aspiring pugilists from 5 to 25 years old.
Perris Redevelopment and Economic Development Manager Michael McDermott and Housing Manager Sabrina Chavez presented the check Feb. 20 to Andre Mitchell, a co-founder of the academy on Indian Avenue in the City’s north end.
The check presentation came during a fund-raiser for the club, an event that drew about 60 sports figures, Perris officials, school administrators, business owners and elected representatives.
Chavez said the City’s contribution resulted from leftover funds from last year’s Tour De Perris bicycle ride, which drew more than 200 cyclists from around the country. Promoting youth sports and physical fitness was a major theme of the 2012 Tour and supporting the
P-Town program seemed a natural, she said.
Perris Mayor Daryl Busch and City Councilwoman Rita Rogers attended the fund-raiser. Mayor Busch called P-Town’s commitment to Perris youth “most commendable.”
“Our City is trying to encourage youth sports and physical fitness,” Chavez said. “P-Town is an organization that works hard to give back to the community. It is fulfilling and exciting to support such a program.”
Mitchell works as a Los Angeles police officer whose duties are to arrest fugitives and return them to California to face justice. He said many of the people he’s arrested came from broken homes with little structure, guidance and role models.
To keep young men and women from becoming law-breakers, Mitchell began P-Town and the Perris Patriots Football League, which together serve more than 800 youngsters. Mitchell said several P-Town students are on the cusp of becoming professional boxers. In addition, the academy teaches martial arts and self-defense classes. Student participants also receive tutoring and mentoring lessons.
Mitchell is quick to thank Perris for its support, which dates back to 2001.
The logo for the P-Town Combat Sports Academy in Perris.
“It is hard to imagine any organization receiving as much love as we have from the City of Perris,” Mitchell said as he accepted the City’s check. “The support of the City Council, Perris staff and the community has been nothing less than phenomenal. Without it, we could not exist. We are most grateful.”
Perris Mayor Daryl Busch attended the P-Town fundraiser. He said the organization’s commitment to at-risk youth is most commendable and worthy of the City’s continuing support.”
“What they do is turn around youngsters who are heading in the wrong direction and point them in the right direction,” Busch said. “They are given the opportunity to develop the skills in their lives that they will use as they progress through their lives.”