Former national boxing champion creates scholarship
The Durst-Forrest boxing purse – established by the former Augusta boxer Frank M. Durst IV and his wife Caroline – was recently founded to support Augusta Boxing Club student athletes pursuing high school education. The Dursts formed the charity fund with an initial $ 50,000 contribution through the Community Foundation for Central Savannah River Region (CSRA).
Forrest was from Augusta, Georgia and started boxing at the age of nine. He compiled an impressive 225-16 record as an amateur, won silver at the 1991 World Amateur Boxing Championships, became the US junior welterweight champion in 1992, and made his professional debut in 1992 Forrest, who became the first boxer to defeat welterweight Shane Mosley, held the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight and welterweight titles as well as the International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title.
The Durst-Forrest Boxing Scholarship was established to financially assist club members interested in attending local universities and technical schools. The Augusta Boxing Club is headed by the director Ray whitfield, a former National Golden Gloves teammate from Durst.
“Vernon and I were teammates with the Augusta Boxing Club in the late 1980s and were good friends for decades,” said Durst. “He is best known for his success in the ring, but I remember his wonderful wit, humility and service to others.”
Founded in 1976 by a probation officer Tom moraetesThe Augusta Boxing Club operates with the help of law enforcement agencies in the area and relies on donations for its support. The nonprofit organization is structured as an extracurricular and community support organization designed to reduce drug addiction and crime among young adults and children. Located at 1929 Walton Way, the Augusta Boxing Club uses boxing as a tool to keep troubled youth off the streets.
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