Draft 1 Twin Ports Boxing

To whom it may concern,

My draft is very rough, the first half are strictly my notes. The bottom part is my actual attempt at the draft. I still have to listen to the interview again in it’s entirety to have something a little more pretty.

  • Takes kids in off the street, tries to generate a family atmosphere
  • Believes people should always have 3 things 1. Eat 2. Drink 3. Live
  • They BBQ together
  • In his gym he does not tolerate racism, sexism, or any other “isms” he’s a very “straight forward person” doesn’t “bullshit”
  • He steps in when he feels he somebody needs him
  • Looks at it is as family, which makes it natural
  • People call him coach, Machine

-”Ol’ fashion, ol’ country boy”

-tons of pictures litter his apt, along with flowers, a couple of candy dishes,but mostly pictures

-chess board on the coffee table, loves to play even compared life to chess

- Degrees in Sociology, psych, and culinary from Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois

-”I like to share what’s been given to me, and give back”

-From Arkansas, chilled in Chicago for awhile

-pulls legs onto chair when telling a story

-drinking a Grape Crush

-remembers all his fights

-doesn’t mess with credit cards

-KNOWS MUHAMMAD ALI

-stayed at Ali’s house for his funeral

-trained with Ali at Johnny Kuda

-met him when he was 11 or 12, immediately hit it off (pun intended)

-a lot of his fights were through Ali, the first time he left the country was through Ali

-Called Ali’s family when he died

-”I been around the block”

“We can tell when something is on their mind.” (on his athletes that walk in with problems outside of the ring)

“These kids is innocent”

-Believes adults have a huge responsibility to teach the youth and help them grow and to see what “these kids can do” — hates seeing adults “poisoning” youth with drugs and alcohol
- “I have so many people mentally down because of their surroundings”

“Who knows, you might have the next Muhammad Ali on your hands.” On kids with family lives that keep them down

  • He tells the professional boxers he works with to invest their money

-Adrian doesn’t approach every kid or person the same, he knows they’re all different with different experiences

-Although Adrian speaks highly of duluth and doesn’t think it’s “too out of order” he spoke of “closet people” people. People who refuse to open their eyes to the surroundings

“I’ve always been a fighter, all my life….” (check recording for this) I would call him a fighter for the kids

-”instead why don’t we tackle it” — — — listen to recording for the rest of this quote

“I’m not Jesus Christ, I’m just an individual that wants to see our society with some kind of comfort”

“Pass and spread the word of love”

“”Let’s live and have some fun”

“Oki doki”

-was at the Mayweather McGregor fight

-encourages his athletes to run outside rather than run on treadmills — specifically gravel because it’s easier on the legs and knees

-in the winter tells his athletes to rub vaseline on their face to protect from wind burn and shit

-week days are reserved for kids

-nights and wends are for older people

-”old man” fights

- some people come just to work out

-TP Boxing is non-profit

-solely supported by ex-pros, obviously Green is one of them

-works with amateurs and pros

-to find on the internet go to USA Boxing, Twin Ports link

When Adrian Green walks the streets of Duluth everybody says hi, and wants to talk to the man changing lives through Twin Ports Boxing in West Duluth.

When Adrian first welcomed me into his home, my eyes were immediately drawn to the dozens of framed photos that covered the walls, and the coffee table. Throughout our interview he referred to these photos multiple times, pointing out family members and friends he’d mentioned.

Greens refers to himself as an, “ol’ fashion, ol’ country” type of man. Originally from Arkansas, his southern charm peeks through especially when he talks about the family atmosphere he strives to create in his gym.

Green is a retired pro-boxer, who fought nationally and internationally during the 1980s. For the past 25–30 years he’s spent most of his energy at Twin Ports Boxing, a non-profit gym for amateur and professional boxers.

“I’ve been a fighter all my life,” Green said,

Green is notorious for pulling at-risk youth off the streets, and helping them stay on a productive path in life through boxing.

Green has zero tolerance for racism, sexism, or any sort of discrimination, and ensures Twin Ports Boxing as a safe place for everyone.

“We take a lot of people off the streets,” Green said, “younger guys, men and women, natives, blacks, whites, I don’t give a fuck who they are.”

“I’m not Jesus Christ,” Green said, “I’m just an individual who wants to see our society with some kind of comfort.”

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