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El Maestro Inc., and Boxing Gym

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Not-for-profit boxing and cultural center

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Morrisania
Commercial, Recreation, Latin/ Latino/ American, Healthcare & Wellness

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“Well, my full name is Fernando Laspina, and of course everyone knows I’m ‘Ponce’ because I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. But this is my community because this is where I really grew up. I went to school here. I graduated from here. I live and work here, and this is where my kids and grandchildren grew up.” Fernando "Ponce" Laspina migrated to New York at the age of 15, and has been a devoted resident of the Morrisania section of the South Bronx for forty-five years. He also proudly bears the name of his native city, and has long found strength in his Puerto Rican heritage. Laspina is the founding director of El Maestro Boxing Gym, a South Bronx boxing and educational center where local youth build physical and mental fortitude by stregthening muscles and cultural ties.

Laspina knows a thing or two about strength. In 1970, his...

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