Michael Chiesa has the upright most respect for the men and women who served the United States in the armed forces. He also loves his home state of Washington and the area he grew up in.
That’s why when the UFC’s No. 6 ranked welterweight had the opportunity to help out local veterans in his home state, he jumped all over the opportunity.
Chiesa teamed up with the UFC, Modelo, the beer brewed for those with The Fighting Spirit™, and national housing nonprofit, Rebuilding Together to renovate Cappy’s BoxingGym located in the Central District of Seattle, Washington.
Cappy’s Boxing Gym is the fourth and final gym that Modelo, UFC and Rebuilding Together will renovate this year as a part of their initiative to boost the Fighting Spirit across the nation at select gyms that make a positive impact in their communities.
Recently, Cappy’s launched a program with a budding nonprofit organization, Minority Veterans of America, to offer special classes focused on health and wellness for veterans. Now thanks to Chiesa, the UFC and Modelo, Cappy’s will have the best equipment and it will be used to not only help veteran’s, but the local community as well.
“The completion of the Seattle project marks the fourth successful gym revitalization initiative with Modelo and UFC,” Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together said in a press release that was sent to MyMMANews. “It is incredible that we have been able to do so much good for local communities across the nation through small businesses that play a vital role in the health and overall well-being of its residents.”
Now that the renovations to the gym are complete, Chiesa spoke with MyMMANews to discuss his involvement with the project and his love for his community and veterans. Aside from talking about the project, he also discussed his upcoming fight at UFC Vegas 43 against Sean Brady.
You can watch his full interview in the video above.