In its first year as a varsity sport, the Crandall University Chargers boxing team travelled to compete against members of the USA Military Academy in West Point, NY on February 23, 2019. A five-member team from Crandall University took part in this event, the first participation by Crandall University in the National Collegiate Boxing Association event in the USA.
The team started three years ago under the direction of the head boxing coach, Jon Ohlhauser, who has been able to provide introductory instruction in the sport of Olympic Boxing to more than 60 students.
"We started out as a club at the University to offer something unique in Canada and with the vision to eventually grow into an official varsity sport experience. To the best of our knowledge, we are currently the only Canadian university to offer an official Olympic Boxing varsity program," Coach Ohlhauser.
In order to provide students with a unique competitive experience, the Crandall University Chargers boxing team participates with events hosted at universities in the USA as part of the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA). While the NCBA is a national organization, the Crandall University Chargers compete primarily in the North East Division of that association which includes the US Military Academy at West Point, Penn State University, Shippensburg University, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut and others. This trip was the first time Crandall University entered athletes into an official NCBA competition.
"The development of the team has really been rewarding. Our team that travelled to West Point consisted of Crandall students from 4 different countries. We are attracting a lot of attention from international students who want to study and compete at a Canadian University," Coach Ohlhauser.
One of the foundational visions for the Crandall University boxing program is to attract quality athletes who can also compete in Olympic Boxing events hosted by NCBA schools. "We want to offer athletes an experience that is otherwise unavailable to them. While we did not bring home a victory from this first trip, all of our boxers were competitive and could have won their bouts. I always tell my athletes that they never lose . . . that they either win or learn. Our boxers learned a lot this weekend and will be better for it," Coach Ohlhauser.
For more information on the Crandall University Chargers Boxing program, please contact:
Crandall University Chargers Boxing
506-858-8970 ext 298