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Boxer Seth Mitchell fights hunger and gives back to his home community

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Seth Mitchell hands out food to Prince George’s County residents Nov. 20 at the Redskins Harvest Feast.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Seth Mitchell hands out food to Prince George’s County residents Nov. 20 at the Redskins Harvest Feast.

Published on: Friday, November 30, 2012

By Daniel Kucin

Seth Mitchell might have lost his last bout in Atlantic City recently, but he won the battle against hunger and helping locals with Superstorm Sandy relief.

On Nov. 14, Mitchell made an appearance at the Atlantic City Boy’s and Girl’s club to help with the clean-up of the club’s facilities that stood in the way of Sandy’s wrath. Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya promoted Mitchell’s fight on Nov. 17 and his national boxing company “Golden Boy” made strides in the process of giving back to people in need.

“We are extremely happy that we were not only able to host the fight in Atlantic City and give people a great night of entertainment, but that we were able to raise enough monies to make such a large contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Atlantic City,” de la Hoya said. “It is so gratifying for all of us at Golden Boy to be able to help this area recover from the impact of this destructive storm.”

Golden Boy raised $44,292 so far from $2 of every ticket sold as well as $1,000 per knockout that helped strengthen Atlantic City’s morale and coastline.

On Nov. 20, just two days before Thanksgiving, Mitchell also attended the Harris Teeter’s Redskins Harvest Feast at FedEx Field. Mitchell jokingly mentioned his ribs and body were still sore from his bout against Johnathon Banks, but he knew he had a job to do. Although Mitchell is fierce in the ring, he is the complete opposite out of the ring, as the soft-spoken and generous heavyweight handed turkeys and other fresh, perishable food to Prince George’s County residents.

“Once you’re put in a certain position, I think it’s good to give back. Nobody has made it without somebody. No matter how successful an individual becomes, he or she didn’t get there by themselves,” he said. “When I speak to kids, I know nine times out of 10, I’m not going to reach 100 percent of them. But if I can inspire one or two, then it’s worth it.”

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