It's not everyday that I meet a boxer like Jiffy. She's gorgeous and strikingly intimidating. But there is so much more that meets the eye with the Boxing Princess, once you've managed to dodge her fiery red sparks that is. Born in Beaufort, South Carolina and raised in Tampa Bay, FL, Jiffy grabbed her undergraduate degree in psychology from College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA, before attending Texas Southern University to pursue a second degree in psychology. An integral member of TSU’s recreation and wellness department, Jiffy established the first college boxing team at a historically black college and university (HBCU), and established the first nationally recognized college boxing team in Texas.
She didn't stop there. Jiffy secured the first women’s regional championship within the National College Boxing Association, two years into her collegiate boxing career in 2012. She was selected to compete in the first college boxing nationals for women in 2013 (USIBA League) and was no longer eligible as a student boxer. Jiffy currently competes locally in Houston and surrounding areas as an open boxer, taking on opponents of different weight classes for experience.
Interesting fact about Jiffy? She's a Vegan.
Field of Green’s Restaurant will supply Jiffy with essential nourishment needed for the boxer’s strict vegan lifestyle, vital for preparing her for the 2014 Women’s Golden Gloves Championships, which takes place in Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL, July 7-12. Ultimately leading to her earning a spot on Team USA, fighting in the Olympics.
Boxing and Literary Connection
Van G. Garrett, a writer who is drawn to moments of intensity in the boxing ring, poetry, and in everyday life manages Jiffy. He also created a photo series, "The Boxing Princess" which documents Jiffy's journey to the top. To learn more about Garrett's work, please visit www.vanggarrettpoet.com.
The Boxing Princess has been given an opportunity to be evaluated by the US Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colorado this summer.
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"May Peace Prevail on Earth"
It was a pleasure discussing the significance of internal peace and world peace as it relates to The Crying Girl Movement at Parkdale High School. Under the tutelage of award winning teacher and poet, Neville Adams, the Student Government Association put together a fantastic program and first of its kind at Parkdale.
The Peace Pole symbolizes our missions and simultaneously links our work with that of people of all faiths and nationalities who strive for creating a better world. Student community liaisons, Jocelyn Nolasco and Juwan Blocker served as hosts for the evening. Joyce Lang, a representative from the Maryland United for Peace and Justice Coalition spoke of the significance of the Peace Poll and Lyrikal Storm Poets performed a selection of peace provoking poetry.
The program closed with a group recital of the statement of peace, “Parkdale High School pledges to promote peace not just at school, but also in our local communities. As a community, we plan to be the change we want to see in the world and become active leaders in our mission to unify all.”
To learn more about the Peace Pole Project or to obtain your own Peace Poll, click here.
“A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are thousands of Peace Poles in nearly every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace.”
-The Peace Pole Project
Where would you put a Peace Poll?