HeadStrong Girls' Boxing is an Austin 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization working to encourage confidence and foster improved mental, emotional, and physical well-being by providing girls free access to boxing training and mentorship.
Tax ID 86-3684512
Growing up in the early 1970s, I had an abundance of athletic energy and struggled to find an outlet for my undirected passion. My parents didn’t understand my athletic and sometimes anger-driven need to move my body. Their attempts to get me into reading, swimming and typical “girlish” hobbies backfired and just left me feeling different and shameful.
Almost a decade later, I found boxing - something I had not realized existed as a sport for women. The liberating and empowering feeling I experienced during my first training session was something I had never felt before and changed my life forever.
I'm so fortunate to have had such great experiences growing up playing organized sports. I played softball competitively in my teens, but once I went to college, I struggled to find a similar healthy outlet that engaged both my mind and my body. It wasn't until I found boxing in mid-2018 that that need was fulfilled.
USA Boxing Coach - Bronze Level
I was inspired to coach and have a heart for youth like my grandfather Joe Vela. I want to empower girls to grow their confidence through boxing and hope to be a positive influence and role model.
USA Boxing Coach - Green Level
I am a Texas native who loves to box. I've been boxing for over 2.5 years now and am a member of the AWBC competition team! I'm very excited to coach over at Headstrong and help teach a new generation of boxers how to fight like they mean it. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, singing, and talking science!"
USA Boxing - Bronze Level
I started boxing in an after school club at age 16 with all boys. I quickly fell in love with the sport and it helped me to develop good habits, consistency, and become more disciplined in all areas of my life. I stopped boxing in high school, but restarted in March of 2021 with an all women's club in Austin. I enjoys sharing and teaching boxing to kids and teenagers.
USA Boxing - Green Level
I decided to volunteer as a coach at first just to get a visual understanding of the purpose and mission of HeadStrong Girls boxing, but as the weeks went by I realized that I really enjoyed teaching. I love to see how to the girls improve on their skills day to day and how they have build a community and friendship. Seeing them show up consistently and actually enjoying the class is what motivates me to continue teaching and improving my skills.
Thank you to Britt Baysinger & Karla Avila for coach photos!