The United Community Center (UCC) Boxing Program currently has 200 members under the age of 18. Members come from throughout southeast Wisconsin. Over the past 45 years, we’ve built a world-class program, led by Israel “Shorty” Acosta, a member of the U.S. Olympic Boxing coaching staff and a representative on the 1984 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. In 2000 and 2016 Israel was also a member of the U.S. Olympic coaching and training staff. Israel has assembled a dedicated team of assistant coaches and parents who help to instill dedication, perseverance and build character as the youth find their voice through athletic pursuits. Several junior champions and contenders competed for a spot on the 2016 USA Olympic Boxing Team, nearly reaching their goal. This program continues to be one of the most successful athletic and youth development programs in Milwaukee. The program not only trains participants to be champions in the ring, but also champions throughout life. Through hard work and dedication our athletes not only learn the fundamentals of boxing, but also develop positive work ethics and improved self-esteem.
USA Boxing duo, Israel and Dora Acosta, keep hundreds of kids off the streets.
Olympic boxing gets a taste of Milwaukee.
Olympic hopeful, Luis Feliciano, fights for his dream and his community.
Luis Feliciano, an Olympic hopeful and recent college graduate.
Luis Arias returns to his hometown, headlining at the Wisconsin Center.
Shorty Acosta stands out in his boxers lives.
2015 USA Boxing Champion, Luis Feliciano, talks about boxing.