Dear Editor:

On December 29, 2017 there was an article in TAPinto Paterson which I read about a young man, Xavier Correa, age 13, of Paterson, New Jersey. Xavier was training for boxing greatness. He was ranked #1 in the country at his age and weight for the last two years. The article went on to read that one of the biggest challenges that Xavier faced had nothing to do with boxing but the constant issue of finding the money to even get him in the ring. There were three recent tournaments but his family could only afford to fly him to one.

This sat heavy on my mind and I knew there had to be a way to assist Xavier in raising the funds to enable him to attend these tournaments and achieve his goal of going pro. I am a member of the Paterson Great Falls Rotary Club and immediately forwarded the article to the President of the club, Heru Keonte and Vice President, Tope Daniels. They agreed that they would love to assist him in achieving his goals and asked him to be a guest speaker at our club’s weekly meeting. Heru Keonte is a school teacher at John P. Holland Charter School in Paterson and Tope Daniels is a pediatrician at the Health Center, both have their own passion of working with children.

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Xavier spoke at our meeting this Thursday, March 1st and everyone was touched by his spirit, motivation and focus. We were happy to be able to present him with a check in the amount of $400 from a portion of the Good Neighbor award that was presented to our club by the New Jersey Realtors. Xavier will be attending a tournament in Utah in July and this check will assist in traveling expenses. We plan on continuing to be a supporter of Xavier’s in the future and hopefully will be able to provide him with additional funding so that he may attend upcoming tournaments.


Debra Flower

Paterson Great Falls Rotary Club – Community Service

President Elect Passaic County Board of Realtors