Former World Champ visits Take Charge Pride

For Immediate Release Contact: Jhordis Fantroy
May 18 , 2018 (301) 420-7395

Former World Champ visits Take Charge Pride

(Bowie, Maryland) Jerrod Mustaf, Executive Director of the Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc., welcomed former middle weight World Champion Keith Holmes to speak with the Take Charge Pride Scholar-Athletes during their practice session Thursday evening. Mr. Holmes provided a message of of resiliency and discipline as ingredients that helped him to the pinnacle of the boxing world. The former champ provided a real life lesson to how boxing legend Bernard Hopkins was able to capture his championship belt during their title fight by using his anger against him in the ring. His message to the Pride boys was to never allow anyone to take you out of your character- because at that point, you have lost the match/game. “It is rare that young men get an audience with a World Champ. Our young men need to hear from as many successful Black men and women as possible” says Coach Mustaf. Mr. Holmes also spoke at length about being a vegan for over twenty-five years and how his discipline with nutrition gave him a competitive training edge as well as helped him build better personal habits.

Mr. Holmes, a former 2-time WBC Middleweight Champion, is currently giving motivational speeches to youth and is anticipating opening a boxing and training facility in southern Maryland in the fall. Additionally, Take Charge Program and the Keith Holmes Foundation have agreed to provide anti-bullying programming in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Take Charge Pride is a premiere competitive basketball program founded by former NBA player Jerrod Mustaf to develop scholar-athletes and gentlemen with quality instruction, mentoring, and life coaching in a supportive and family-oriented environment.


About Take Charge
Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior health, youth diversion,
juvenile gang and anti-bullying prevention/ intervention, and family strengthening programs. Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension, the program has expanded to include behavior wellness, trauma and grief therapy, community outreach, civic engagement, reentry transition, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth 10-18. Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Wellness Program and with the Take Charge Pride AAU teams. Take Charge has been providing services to District of Columbia and Prince George’s County youth and their families since1990.

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