On Friday, February 22, 2013, WIBF/GBU Intercontinental Champion Lisa Garland was awarded an honorary championship belt by the Champions of Dignity Association for outstanding service to her community and women’s boxing.
CODA director Marcel Niessen states, “Over the past two years, Lisa Garland has been a leader and an inspiration to her community. She has supported the Retired Boxers Foundation, and having been nominated by a distinguished panel of her peers and supporters, CODA is proud to present Lisa Garland with a custom made championship belt and deem her as an official “Champion of Dignity”.
CODA Chairman of Women’s Boxing and retired WIBA/WIBF world champion Terri Moss presented the nominations for Lisa Garland to CODA and states, “Lisa has done some exceptional things for boxing in her community and has developed a dedicated following of both fans and sponsors completely on her own. She founded and operates the only boxing gym in her city, Champs Gym, and then founded the Winthrop Boxing Club, which houses a collegiate boxing team she also developed at Winthrop University near Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also setting up a program through Winthrop Boxing Club that will allow students to go to school on boxing scholarships, which is unheard of today. Lisa also is rallying to make her mark in history by being the first female to box 12 three-minute rounds in a match scheduled for April 3013. For someone who has been in boxing for a short time as she has, she has done so much for herself and her community. I am very please she has been awarded this honor.”
Lisa is a single mother, a business owner, a student, and a self managed professional athlete seeking a degree in sports management.
At Champions of Dignity Association our mission is to give back to the boxers who made this sport what it is today. We have an alliance with the Retired Boxers Foundation which serves retired boxers giving financial, educational, and emotional support to those retired boxers in need who have given so much to us.
Chairman of Women’s Boxing
Champions of Dignity Association (CODA)