Stamford, CT - C3 Athletics, Connecticut’s premiere martial arts and fitness center, will be holding its second annual charity event on December 1, 2012, delivering an action-packed evening of fights while raising money for a critical cause: the international issue of human trafficking. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening, being billed as “Fight the Real Fight—STOP Human Trafficking,” will be donated to international humanitarian organization STOP (Stop Trafficking of People).
In light of the devastation left in our area by hurricane Sandy, the proceeds from the night will be divided between STOP International and victims of the hurricane.
The event, which is open to the public, will showcase an exciting lineup of competitions in the disciplines of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and boxing, featuring fighters from C3 Athletics and area gyms—such as CTMMA (Shelton, CT), Westchester Fight Club (New Rochelle, NY), Mushin Mixed Martial Arts (New York, NY), Renzo Gracie’s Academy (New York, NY), Sitan Gym (Long Island City, NY), and LA Boxing (Norwalk, CT).
“This is one of those things where we really get to open our doors to other gyms,” explains Sean George, owner of C3 Athletics. “We’re not in this for the money, obviously—it’s for the joy and excitement and respect that everyone brings to the sports. We get to highlight what we have going on at C3 and show how our members stack up against other gyms, while also getting everyone to co-mingle and broaden their horizons.”
There will be roughly ten matches taking place during the event. Afterward, the festivities will continue at the official after party, which will be held at Black Bear Saloon in downtown Stamford (261 Main Street). There, spectators, gym members, and fighters alike can come together to kick back and celebrate the evening’s good cause, the competitors’ hard work, and the gym’s growing presence in the local community.
“It’s a big day for everyone,” says George. “It will be many people’s first matches, so when it’s all done, we can all can grab a beer and celebrate.”
The event starts at 5 pm and tickets will cost $25, there will also be raffles, food, and soft drinks available for purchase—all of which will go toward the C3 Athletics’ donation to STOP. Those unable to attend can still contribute, as anyone is welcome to make a donation by contacting the gym, which is aiming to raise $12,000 for this year’s charity.
“There are so many causes out there that are underappreciated and don’t get the attention they deserve,” says George. “I came into contact with the founder of STOP, and started reading about human trafficking and how prevalent it is. It’s questionable whether killing someone is worse than taking them away from their country, locking them up, drugging them, and forcing them to be a sex slave. It’s as disturbing as it gets. So this year, we decided that would be the cause we would try to help with.”