Oct. 15 Ballroom Boxing promises blast from the past
By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Oct. 5, 2016) — Travel back 75 years for some old-fashioned Ballroom Boxing Oct. 15 at Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina. The opening ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 6 p.m.
Fort Benning’s boxing team will compete against boxers from West Point, Fort Jackson and Fort Drum during an evening that promises to be nostalgic and action-packed.
“This is the third year of the event. Last year we had a really good turnout,” said Amy Williams, with the Morale, Recreation and Wellness Sports, Fitness and Aquatics center. “It is basically taking boxing back to the 1940s era.”
Williams explained that people are encouraged to dress up for the event in their best 1940s outfits. Prizes will be given to the best dressed.
Ballroom boxing will also feature 1940s pin-up girls in outfits reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe, Williams added.
“The whole scene is 1940s, back to when people dressed up in a suit to go watch boxing,” Williams said. “It was a much more formal event (back then).”
Williams emphasized that Ballroom Boxing is a free event and open to the public.
Food, drinks and other popular items of the period will be available for purchase at cash vendors.
There will also be a photo booth and betting booths. The betting booths are not for money but for fun, Williams explained. Participants can place bets in order to win prizes if they bet correctly.
“(Ballroom Boxing) is a lot of fun,” Williams said. “It’s Saturday night, a good date night.”