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Champions Ball is an annual, vital fundraising event that supports Corner Team's free after-school and summer programs for Baltimore City teens in 7th through 12th grades. These programs are instrumental in providing an enriching and supportive environment for our youth, fostering their personal and academic development.


Corner Team's youth programs are comprehensive and immersive, running five days a week during the school year and six days a week during summer months. These programs integrate various elements, including boxing, academic support, tutoring, mentorship, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, literacy, community service, leadership development, and social-emotional skill-building. The focus is on holistic development, ensuring that  our youth receive not only academic guidance but also life skills and enriching experiences.

A distinguishing feature of Corner Team programs is the provision of career development opportunities, including paid internships. This component is crucial in equipping the teenagers with practical skills and real-world experience that can shape their future career paths.

About Event

Champions Ball Program

7:00pm - 9:30pm: Live! Workshops

  • Live! Painting with Bryan Robinson (Black Genius Art Show)

  • Corner Team Art Lab- Contribute to our Community Art Project & Create your personalized "Boxer Name" and logo

  • Corner Team Beats Studio - Create your own beats/ring entrance music with DJ D.B. Beatzz

  • Corner Team Shadowboxing Studio - Recreate boxing scenes or create your own shadow boxing shapes and movements with photographer Cory F. Royster

7:30pm: Official Ringside Welcome & Presentation of the Joe Gans Memorial Community Champions Award to Mr. Ernest Shaw, Jr.

8:10pm: Dance Performance at Center Ring by 1021 Hip-Hop Team

8:40pm: Vocal Performance at Center Ring by Jai Ivy

9:10pm: Afro-Beats Dance Workshop on Front Floor with Sarah Powell

9:30pm: RingWalk Extravaganza! at Center RIng

9:40om: Spoken Word Performance at Center Ring with Coach Illestrate McNeil

10:00pm: Closing Bell

Event Program

About The Artists

About Artist

Joe Gans Community Champion Award

In honor of the legendary Baltimore native, Joe Gans, the Joe Gans Memorial Community Champion Award celebrates individuals in Baltimore City who are wholeheartedly devoted to enhancing the future of our great city, particularly through their work with Baltimore City's youth population.  As a recipient, Corner Team, Inc. commends awardees'  exceptional contributions and unwavering commitment to fostering positive change in Baltimore City, both today and for generations to come.

Joe Gans Memorial Community Champion Award 2023 Award Recipient Recognizes Mr. Ernest Shaw, Jr.

Ernest Shaw, Jr. is a native of West Baltimore. He is an alumnus of Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore School for the Arts, Morgan State University and Howard University. Shaw recognizes the importance of using his skills and talents for the betterment of others, not simply for his own self-aggrandizement. For Ernest, teaching is also an artistic medium. This is why he teaches all over the area in Baltimore City Public Schools, Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson State University, and even at Motor House as the facilitator of the Anti-Racism Forum and Senior Artist in Residence. Mr. Shaw is a muralist, and his work can be spotted throughout Baltimore and around the world.  Mr. Shaw reflects the vast experiences of Black people through his work. He is an image maker who uses his art to highlight the humanity of the viewer by illustrating the humanity of the subject. His creative process focuses on the interaction between the work and its audience. His primary subjects reflect the multiple aspects of the Black/Africanist experience in the context of a society that confines Blackness to being the antithesis to whiteness and a response to racialized subjugation.

To learn more about Mr. Ernest Shaw, please visit his website here.

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