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Salad Bowl Boxing changing lives, one swing at a time

Growing up in Chualar, Ernesto Mancera is the youngest of seven children. Alongside his parents, Mancera helped in the fields of the Salinas Valley and later became a Supplier Quality Manager for Sam’s Club. But his work outside of work is making a significant impact on the children of his local community. Ernesto says that one of the people who had the biggest impact on him as a child was his soccer coach. He never forgot the impact his coach had on him, so he decided that he wanted to be a mentor for kids just like him. During the pandemic, Mancera and his brother, Andres, were looking to get some exercise and work out. Taking after his brother from him, Ernesto started boxing. They loved it so much they decided to start a nonprofit group, and the community quickly started joining in. Through word of mouth, it grew so large that they needed to find a space to train. They saw a need for kids to have a safe and healthy place to go after school and exercise. “What pushed me more was when I heard that the city of Gonzales had the most overweight community members or people in the community than anyone in the county,” said Mancera. Even though the need was great, the will to help was greater. The community supported the two find a location and renovating it into a boxing studio. Located in a small back alley, Salad Bowl Boxing was born. “Our goal is promoting health and wellness; […] education is key. One of the things that we always strive for is for kids to maintain their academics. It’s a priority,” said Mancera. Mancera makes academics the priority and tells his students to strive toward college. “I’ve improved a lot academically because it gave me confidence. Also, in my physical health as well, I improved. Just being out here and punching the bags it’s a really good experience,” said Felipe Lopez, a boxing student at Salad Bowl. Something extraordinary about Salad Bowl Boxing is that most of the kids that train with the group’s parents work in the fields here in Salinas Valley, this being very close to home for Mancera. I know exactly what they are going through. Because I went through it,” said Mancera. Sam’s Club heard about Ernesto’s new nonprofit through word of mouth and decided to help. They awarded Salad Bowl Boxing a $20,000 check to help with bills and pay for students whose parents can’t afford the classes Mancera teaches students more than just how to box, but how to believe in themselves, work hard, and strive for success.”Discipline, dedication, and just work ethics. At the end of the day, I want them to be productive human beings,” said Mancera. When you walk into the studio, you see smiling faces, happy to work out together and build bonds that will last a lifetime. “Well, when I come in here, I’m like, oh no, I’m having a rough day. But when I start practicing, I’m having fun. And it gets more fun when I’m doing speed training,” said Brandon Blanco, a student at Salad Bowl Boxing. As for the future of Salad Bowl Boxing, this is just the beginning. They plan to use the money to touch as many lives as possible.If you are interested in learning more or helping in any way, you can check out their Instagram at @SaladBowlBoxing2021.

Growing up in Chualar, Ernesto Mancera is the youngest of seven children. Alongside his parents, Mancera helped in the fields of the Salinas Valley and later became a Supplier Quality Manager for Sam’s Club. But his work outside of work is making a significant impact on the children of his local community.

Ernesto says that one of the people who had the biggest impact on him as a child was his soccer coach. He never forgot the impact his coach de el had on him, so he decided that he wanted to be a mentor for kids just like him.

During the pandemic, Mancera and his brother, Andres, were looking to get some exercise and work out. Taking after his brother from him, Ernesto started boxing. They loved it so much they decided to start a nonprofit group, and the community quickly started joining in. Through word of mouth, it grew so large that they needed to find a space to train.

They saw a need for kids to have a safe and healthy place to go after school and exercise.

“What pushed me more was when I heard that the city of Gonzales had the most overweight community members or people in the community than anyone in the county,” said Mancera.

Even though the need was great, the will to help was greater. The community supported the two find a location and renovating it into a boxing studio. Located in a small back alley, Salad Bowl Boxing was born.

“Our goal is promoting health and wellness; […] education is key. One of the things that we always strive for is for kids to maintain their academics. It’s a priority,” said Mancera.

Mancera makes academics the priority and tells his students to strive toward college.

“I’ve improved a lot academically because it gave me confidence. Also, in my physical health as well, I improved. Just being out here and punching the bags it’s a really good experience,” said Felipe Lopez, a boxing student at Salad Bowl.

Something extraordinary about Salad Bowl Boxing is that most of the kids that train with the group’s parents work in the fields here in Salinas Valley, this being very close to home for Mancera. “I walked through their kids’ shoes. I know exactly what they are going through. Because I went through it,” said Mancera.

Sam’s Club heard about Ernesto’s new nonprofit through word of mouth and decided to help. They awarded Salad Bowl Boxing a $20,000 check to help with bills and pay for students whose parents can’t afford the classes.

Mancera teaches students more than just how to box, but how to believe in themselves, work hard, and strive for success. “Discipline, dedication, and just work ethics. At the end of the day, I want them to be productive human beings,” said Mancera.

When you walk into the studio, you see smiling faces, happy to work out together and build bonds that will last a lifetime. “Well, when I come in here, I’m like, oh no, I’m having a rough day. But when I start practicing, I’m having fun. And it gets more fun when I’m doing speed training, “said Brandon Blanco, a student at Salad Bowl Boxing.

As for the future of Salad Bowl Boxing, this is just the beginning. They plan to use the money to touch as many lives as possible. If you are interested in learning more or helping in any way, you can check out their Instagram at @SaladBowlBoxing2021.

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