GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Tyrone Brooks, a resident of West Orange, was honored by Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life for his commitment to the community during the "Ringside for a Cause" benefit held in Glen Ridge and co-chaired by CC Minton and Gregory Burrus.
Brooks has taught in the Newark Public Schools district for more than 20 years. Although he began his professional career at Prudential Insurance Company in Downtown Newark fresh out of college, Brooks decided to pursue a path in educating children and began a career in teaching at Chancellor Avenue School.
Teaching mathematics to grades 1 through 8, he decided to mentor and volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader for 11 years. Moving throughout the district, Brooks continued teaching and became a Chess Coach at Chancellor, Avon and Hawthorne Avenue Schools.
"Mr. Brooks is an asset to the community as an educator and a leader," said Minton, president of Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life. "His commitment has been consistent throughout the years' and we are excited to honor him this year."
A community-minded individual, Tyrone took on leadership roles where he became a volunteer basketball coach and Referee at Bethany Church for 10 years. He coached basketball for the West Orange travel basketball league for four years, and in 2015, he was honored as Coach of the Year for the Winter League.
In 2016, Men Make A Difference honored Brooks with a Community Service Award in recognition of his support as a mentor. He was also honored as Volunteer of the Year for Bethany Centers for Champions in 2017.
In 2017, Brooks co-hosted the first Team USA Olympic Day-sanctioned event in the City of Newark. A worldwide celebrated day of festivities and learning about Olympic values were celebrated at B.R.I.C.K. Avon.
Stevenson & Moses Boxing For Life is a 501(c)3 organization committed to using boxing as a tool to teach camaraderie among peers in the community. Its signature program teaches Olympic-style boxing that provides participants with the skills necessary to become a contender in the Olympics for Boxing if they choose to do so.
According to the organization, the training provides athletes with the opportunity to build endurance and perseverance for the sport of their choice and believe that the work and experience in and of itself is an asset to one's life. The goal is to offer boxing as a deterrent to bullying and gun violence by building character and responsibility for the community in which participants live.
Stevenson and Moses Boxing For Life is the vision of Willie and Robyn Moses, along with their grandson, Shakur Stevenson, a professional boxer and 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in boxing.