Johnny 'Coach' Callas: Changing Lives Through Boxing

HARTFORD — Coach, father figure, mentor. Those are a few of the titles that Johnny "Coach" Callas has collected over the past 28 years.

"I made a gut decision to go into boxing and I made a gut decision to go into social work," Callas said. "They were the two best decisions in my life."

Those gut decisions created COBA (Charter Oak Boxing Association & Youth Development Program). Callas is the CEO/founder of COBA, boxing coach at Trinity College and is a 25-year veteran with the DCF (Department of Children and Families). He is also a 2013 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, a referee and has a master's in social work.

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Hartford PAL Brings Ice Hockey To City Youth

HARTFORD — Until a few months ago, 12-year-old Imanol Gomez had played only basketball and baseball, the least-expensive team sports in a city that tries to stretch every dollar.

Then an opportunity emerged for Gomez and others in the Hartford Police Athletic League.

Want to try ice hockey? For free?

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