Local government, Schools

Boxing club proposed in Ontario to provide more options for youth

Mike Padilla wants to get some students into the boxing ring ­– and soon.

Padilla works in student safety and prevention for the Ontario School District.

He’s working now to establish a boxing club for Ontario students that would eventually become another sanctioned team sport.

The Ontario City Council and the Malheur County Court support the idea. The Ontario council is considering where to tap its budget to support the program with $6,000. The Malheur County Court wanted assurances from school district officials before committing to Padilla’s request for another $6,000.

And recently, the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce offered $10,000 to buy a competition boxing ring that could be use in events drawing in other boxers.

In a recent presentation to the court, Padilla explained he’s been in boxing for two decades as . . .