Herbert Mickles was born Jun 20, 1932 in Selma Alabama. At the age of 9 years old, his family moved to Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Waite High School, in 1951. Born as a Soft Paw (left-handed boxer), sharpshooter Herbert began boxing at the age of sixteen. In 1949 and 1950, he walked away with the Golden Gloves Bantam Title. Herbert was a Times delegate to the tournament of Champions for four straight years. In 1952, he won the Golden Gloves crown. In 1954 he became the All- Army Boxing Champion. In 1955, he became the All-Service Boxing Champion and European Boxing Champion as well. Known as “Coach Herb”, he coached Pee Wee baseball, ages 9-12 years old. Coach Herb has been coaching since 1986, and it all started at Lincoln Elementary School. Two years later in 1988, Coach Herb began coaching the Toledo Police League, which later became the Toledo Police Athletic League (PAL) in 1996 and continued until his retirement in 2017. *Bio Courtesy of the African American Legacy Project FORMER COACH SPOTLIGHT
They know they love boxing. “I love the practice and the running,” Clark said.
With the additional space leader believe they can host tournaments as well as add new programs like volleyball. PAL boxing will spar for the last time this Friday, but the boxers, parents and coaches say they aren’t down for the count yet. They want to fight for the program in the future.
“It’s like you meet new people everyday,” added Daron Webb, a PAL boxer.
“It’s just to keep me out of trouble in the streets like when I am walking,” said Ta’ron Garmon, another PAL boxer.
Coaches at the gym were notified of the closing last Thursday.
Leaders of the program say they’re sad to see boxing go, but it must happen to make sure the other PAL programs can contribute to operate. They plan to auction off the boxing equipment and re-purpose the boxing space in their gym off Manhattan Boulevard to create a more self-sufficient future.
“ITHELPS PEOPLE BECOME MENAND WOMEN AND IT DOESN’T
JUSTKEEP THEM OUT OFTROUBLE FROM DAY TO NIGHT, ITREALLY HELPSYOU CHANGEAS APERSON.” -Jared Anderson
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