USA Olympic boxer Eric Kelly may have put down the boxing gloves, but he’s taken on a new fight.
“I like to teach the things I’ve learned along the way,” Kelly told Niteside at the birthday celebration for Noel Ashman at Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge in Midtown earlier this week.
“I’m very much about giving back to the community.”
Kelly is speaking to high school students in his native Brooklyn, where he tells kids to stay in school and away from drugs. He also hopes to inspire.
“I just tell them if you believe in yourself and you’ve got a goal, stick to it, no matter what you do,” Kelly said. “We’re from a tougher neighborhood, but there are options and you can be the best ever.”
Kelly said that he is also going to be working with Charitybuzz.com, an online celebrity charity auction site, later this summer to raise funds for Haiti.