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Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy

Sean Stellin, 13, of Deer Park, a silver

Sean Stellin, 13, of Deer Park, a silver medalist in the Jr. Olympics, participates in Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Building up young people -- in both body and spirit -- has been the focus of Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy since it opened in 2004. BCBA, which recently moved from Lindenhurst to West Islip, is a nonprofit, two-month course for youths ages 10 through 17 that teaches them proper boxing stance, six punches (jabs, hooks, uppercuts), and defense strategies by certified USA boxing coaches.

Mike Gilloolui, 12, of Lindenhurst, receives training at
Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Mike Gilloolui, 12, of Lindenhurst, receives training at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Mike Domagala, 14, of Bethpage, stretches before getting
Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Mike Domagala, 14, of Bethpage, stretches before getting into the ring to spar at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Mike Domagala, 14, of Bethpage, stretches before getting
Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Mike Domagala, 14, of Bethpage, stretches before getting into the ring to spar at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Nickey Rippo, 10, of Lindenhurst, attempts to master
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Nickey Rippo, 10, of Lindenhurst, attempts to master the rope climb at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Cole Bartoli, 10, left, and Martin Cheriel, 11,
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Cole Bartoli, 10, left, and Martin Cheriel, 11, both of Amityville, attempt to master the rope climbat Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Tess Bartoli, 9, of Amityville, masters the rope
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Tess Bartoli, 9, of Amityville, masters the rope climb at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Tess Bartoli, 9, of Amityville, masters the rope
Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Tess Bartoli, 9, of Amityville, masters the rope climb at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Angel Fermaints, 12, of Farmingdale, practices his punches
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Angel Fermaints, 12, of Farmingdale, practices his punches at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Ray Bettinelli, director and head coach at Bettinelli's
Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Ray Bettinelli, director and head coach at Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy in West Islip, coaches a student in his youth boxing program. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Vinny Giachetti, 14, of Farmingdale a student in
Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Vinny Giachetti, 14, of Farmingdale a student in Bettinelli's Community Youth Boxing Academy, is coached by Ray Bettinelli, director and head coach of the West Islip-based academy. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Sean Stellin, 13, of Deer Park, a silver
Photo Credit: Susye Greenwood

Sean Stellin, 13, of Deer Park, a silver medalist in the Jr. Olympics, participates in Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy's afternoon youth program in West Islip. (Feb. 11, 2013)

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