New York, NY (January 19, 2017) – 2018 potential US Congressional candidate and former professional boxer Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson is continuing to give back to people of all ages across the Tri-state area by providing motivational speeches.
In December, Melson was a special guest of 2-time Super Bowl Champion Lee Rouson at Mount Olive Middle School in Budd Lake, NJ. Melson joined the former New York Giant on stage and spoke to approximately 1000 students over four sessions. The topic Rouson charged Melson with discussing was called an appetite for success. An independent film company taped the final session and will be showing it to schools around the country. The hopes are to make it an official national speaking program incorporated with mandatory anti-bullying campaigns throughout public middle schools.
When asked, Melson said he’d be open to traveling across the country with Rouson if the program picks up.
On January 20, Melson, a West Point graduate currently serving as a captain in the United States Army Reserve, will drive from the Fort Meade, Maryland to Temple Kol Ami in White Plains, New York. Melson is currently there on orders attending the Military’s Defense Information School where he is undergoing training to certify him as an Army Public Affairs Officer.
Melson became a member of the temple when his family moved to White Plains when he was going into 11th grade. He was asked by Rabbi Shira Milgrom and Rabbi Tom Weiner to attend the Shabbat services that night as a guest speaker. Both rabbis followed Boyd’s life closely since he graduated from White Plains High School, consistently offering him support. Rabbi Weiner also attended a few of Melson’s fights.
Melson will share his story with the temple’s congregation. Both rabbis asked Melson to specifically share how the life he lives serves as a model for the way Jewish people should live their lives. The 18 fight veteran, who retired with a 15-2-1 professional record, offered the opportunity for members of the congregation to put on boxing gloves and throw punches at him so they can see how difficult it is to hit a trained boxer.
The rabbis will create a makeshift boxing ring for Melson and those who will glove up with him. They will be able to throw as many punches as they’d like, with the former WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight champion only being allowed to defend himself and not punch back.
His speech will be approximately one hour beginning at 8 pm E.T., and the entire night is being streamed live on Melson’s Facebook page. Following his time at the Temple Kol Ami, Melson will head back to Fort Meade to continue his training, which he completes March 9.
“I wish I could spend every day of my life using my words aimed at helping others become the best versions of themselves,” said Melson. “Lee Rouson has become my Uncle Ru and he promised me we’re just getting started with helping middle school students chase their dreams.”
“In regard to Temple Kol Ami in White Plains, this opportunity is surreal. Kol Ami has been central to my late high school and adult life. I have waited for an opportunity as such for many years. Now I get to give back to this temple that has given so much to me. Lastly, and especially when it comes to Jews and the stigma that we only build our brains and not our bodies, I am proud to offer them this chance to glove up with me and have fun. I received an email with a list of 11 names on it composed of male and female teenagers and adults who want to throw punches at my face. There is nothing like someone showing their appreciation for you by punching you in the mouth!”