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New B&G Club Building Opening Today
Monday, 14 January 2013

January 14--  The ribbon-cutting for the new home of the Toombs County Boys and Girls Club in Vidalia is this afternoon at four p.m. at the corner of Winona and Third Streets.

Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield is the guest speaker for the occasion.

ImageEvander Holyfield is known by fans and admirers the world over as the only heavyweight ever to win a world championship five times. One of history's most decorated and revered prizefighters, he has earned more money in the ring than any other fighter and holds several all-time gate and pay-per-view records.

Those numbers alone are enough to seal his place in history, but adding to his legend are a string of incredible incidents including Mike Tyson biting off part of his ear, a motorized hang glider disrupting his title fight against Riddick Bowe, and going the full distance against Michael Moorer after tearing his rotator cuff in an early round.

The last of nine children in a poor but proud family in the deep South, he was raised by a loving and strong-willed mother who was determined to see him rise above his humble beginnings. She also planted the seeds of a passionate spirituality that, more than any other influence, shaped the man he spent his life trying to become and enabled him to bounce back from such bitter disappointments as the unfair loss of a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and the frightening pronouncement that he'd suffered a near-fatal heart attack in the middle of a title fight.

As soon as he turned professional following the 1984 Olympics, Holyfield tore his way through the light heavyweight and cruiserweight classes, so dominating his opponents that there was soon no one left to seriously challenge him. Despite knowing that he would always be the smaller man in the ring, he moved up to heavyweight and began thrilling fans with a series of epic battles against some of boxing's most luminous stars. Two years after entering the division he knocked out Buster Douglas, "the man who knocked out Tyson," and became undisputed champion of the world. He went on to defeat the likes of George Foreman, Larry Holmes, and Tyson himself, the most feared man in the sport.

Through it all, Holyfield never forgot where he came from and what he wanted his life to represent. He donated a significant portion of his winnings to causes he believed in, and established the Holyfield Foundation to help disadvantaged young people become healthy, successful and productive adults. His interest in philanthropy and serving his community continue to this day.

Live radio coverage is on Your Favorite, 98Q and Sweet Onion Country 1017FM courtesy of the Meadows Regional Medical Center and Altamaha Animal Clinic.

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