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Fitness Coordinator Makeba Reed-Johnson Goes for Second Golden Gloves Boxing Championship

July 2017

 Fitness coordinator Spelman Wellness Center Makeba Reed-JohnsonMakeba Reed-Johnson, fitness coordinator for wellness, vibrational sound therapist and self-care consultant at the Spelman Wellness Center, will seek her second Golden Gloves boxing championship at the 2017 Women’s National Golden Gloves Tournament July 10-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Reed-Johnson, who won her first Golden Gloves tournament in 2015, has been involved in fitness boxing for more than 10 years and competing for five years. The coach and mental health advocate founded Black Girls Box to introduce Black women and girls to boxing and educate them on the emotional and mental health benefits of the sport. The sport’s therapeutic benefits have helped in her own battle with depression and anxiety.

“For this fight I got a semicolon tattoo,” Reed-Johnson said. “It’s to remind me that my story is not over and to keep writing, to keep fighting. I want to teach my students the same thing.” She will be featured in the upcoming documentary, “The Possibilities of HER,” which focuses on women of color who are breaking ground in various fields.

Watch the preview of the documentary that will be released later this year.