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"Boxing is NOT a sport ANYONE should do professionally. But it is a sport EVERYONE can and should do RECREATIONALLY!" (Here's Why)
Coach Ray Bettinelli

Ray Bettinelli is both the Director and Head Boxing Coach of BCBA. Born and raised in Bay Shore, NY Ray's love for the sport of boxing dates back to when he was a 10 year old boy, that Christmas he received a pair of Joe Frazier signature boxing gloves. In the 80's Ray boxed for the Brentwood Recreation Center's Team under both coach Walter Sealy and Jim Borzel.

Ray has been instrumental in setting up a number of community-based boxing gyms and is the creator of the D.R.I.F.T. Youth Empowerment Programs. He brings to BCBA over three decades of boxing experience in training, management and boxing promotion.

Ray is a local businessman and the Marketing Director for DIGICARD™, a Multimedia & Marketing Company devoted to introducing small business owners and entertainers to the marketing power of the Internet. In addition he is both a Director and Producer of family friendly entertainment for Hand Sacred Productions.

Over the years Ray has worked closely with other community based programs and has numerous awards and citations for the fund raising work he has done on behalf of the Long Island AIDS Association and Veteran's groups like AMVETS.

Ray moved to Lindenhurst in 1999 and considers it his new home town. His belief that you should give back to the community in which you reside was his motivating force behind first opening BCBA there. His vision for BCBA is that it becomes a full - fledged community center in addition to a boxing academy, a place where young people can be introduced to a number of community programs designed to educate, motivate & inspire!

Interview with Coach Ray -from Men-Tor Showcase Magazine

"Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life."
Joel Osteen

A tough no-nonsense veteran of the New York City Police Department, Lou Telano’s career has spanned 5 decades! Lou took up boxing as a 15 year old youth. Back then he would make and extra $2 sparring pro boxers at local NYC gyms. His most notable sparring partner was Floyd Patterson!

As a Detective, Lou achieved the reputation as one of the most innovative and one of the toughest cops in New York City. Along with his partner John Sepe, they are credited with one of the highest number of arrests in New York City’s history.

The undercover team was soon deemed The Lone Ranger and Tonto! Soon after Hollywood took notice and the duo and they became the inspiration behind the hit TV Series Starsky & Hutch!

From the “Halls of Justice” through the “Halls of Congress” Lou’s career has yielded him over 75 awards and citations and placed him next to Mayors, Governors, Senators, Presidents and dignitary from all over the world!

Lou currently is the President of the New York Veteran's Police Association. We are proud to have his experience and leadership among the many talented staff of mentors and board members here at BCBA.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Ghandi

NYPD Retired Detective Carl "Duke Schroeder has been a part of boxing since the late 1950's when he boxed as a pro welterweight. Duke went on to serve in the NYPD where he started The Fighting Finest Boxing Team, an elite squad of athletes that now box all around the world.

In the 1970's it was Duke who introduced the sport of boxing to Lindenhurst, running the PAL boxing program out of the basement of the 1st Precinct. His program help start the career of Buddy Mc Girt and many other promising young athletes including Lindenhurst native and fellow BCBA coach, Joey Perrone. Years later Duke went on to become a NY Boxing Commissioned referee.

As anyone who has ever laced up a pair of gloves will tell you, once you've boxed it's in your blood for life. Now a grandfather Duke's ability to both coach and mentor young people is unsurpassed by the average coach. And at a young 70 something Duke won't hesitate to put on his headgear and move a student around the ring.

His boxing journey has come full circle bringing Duke back to the place where it all began, Lindenhurst, NY. BCBA considers itself both blessed and honored to have such an accomplished individual (in boxing and in life) amongst its ranks.

Pauline Ambrosecchia, is a born and bred Long Islander who recently moved back to Bay Shore, from Houston, TX.

Since opening in 2004, she has been a big supporter of BCBA and all the sport and wellness programs it offers local youth and Veterans. Now, as one of our committed volunteers, Pauline brings her professional background in Property Management to BCBA as our Gift and Event Coordinator.

Her mission in this role will be to help secure the resources required to allow BCBA to continue providing their many great programs and services.

Garnering donations from local businesses, foundations and philanthropic individuals is never easy, but Pauline’s firsthand knowledge of what BCBA does, should make her role a little less demanding.

As the Gift and Event Coordinator, she will also seek out other like-minded Non-Profits and faith based organizations who wish to partner with BCBA on the many creative fundraising endeavors they plan throughout the year.

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"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
Margaret Thatcher

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