Cam F. Awesome, a five-time USA Boxing national champion, three-time Golden Gloves heavyweight champion, two-time Olympic Trials champion, motivational speaker and stand up comic, will be a keynote speaker at KC Healthy Kids’ Champions for Health youth summit in March.
Awesome was overweight and bullied in school. He was cut from every team he tried out for, so joined a boxing gym to lose weight and build his confidence. He quickly moved up the ranks and started claiming titles.
In 2012, he was suspended for a rule violation. Turned out of team housing, Awesome spent a year couch surfing while battling depression and substance abuse.
His return to boxing was a complete rebirth. Awesome legally changed his from Lenroy Thompson, exchanged cheeseburgers and mac and cheese for a vegan diet, and took a shot at stand up comedy. He lost 70 pounds and reclaimed his title as heavyweight champion of the US in 2013.
Awesome’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ended with loss to Julio Cesar Castillo Torres, but his energy in the ring and post-fight interviews gained him attention for his quick humor and outgoing personality.
Today, his mission in life is to inspire and motivate kids of all ages.
The Champions for Health Youth Summit is set for March 2, at the Kansas City Convention Center in KCMO. There, more than 200 kids will gather to where they’ll learn to speak out for healthier food in schools, walkable communities, urban farms and gardens and more. Sponsorships are still available. Get Details
The public is invited to join the fun at 11:30 for lunch and the I Am Here Awards. We’ll cheer on the grade level winners of our photo contest and present them with checks for $1,000. Six classrooms will take the stage to tell us about their own communities and the changes they want to make there. One group will take home an additional $1,500 grand prize!