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Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids, a former MMA fighter, joins youth boxing class in KCK

Rep. Sharice Davids joined KCK youth in the ring for boxing drills

Rep. Sharice Davids, a former MMA fighter, returned to the ring for a youth boxing class hosted by the Police Athletic League of KCK. The newly opened program aims to help children build self-esteem and build community relationships through boxing.
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Rep. Sharice Davids, a former MMA fighter, returned to the ring for a youth boxing class hosted by the Police Athletic League of KCK. The newly opened program aims to help children build self-esteem and build community relationships through boxing.

As a child, Rep. Sharice Davids admired martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. It led to her own time in the ring, where she went 5-1 as an amateur MMA fighter and 1-1 in a pair of professional bouts before her election to Congress last fall.

On Wednesday night, the freshman Kansas Democrat made a brief comeback: at a youth boxing class hosted by the Police Athletic League of KCK.

The league, which aims to build relationships between police and the community, opened a multi-purpose facility with a boxing ring last month, in a former Catholic church in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.

Bryan Lowry covers Kansas and Missouri politics as Washington correspondent for The Kansas City Star. He previously served as Kansas statehouse correspondent for The Wichita Eagle and as The Star’s lead political reporter. Lowry contributed to The Star’s investigation into government secrecy that was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize.


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