World ranked flyweight Rayonta Whitfield will don the colors of black and red of his home state Atlanta Falcons this Sunday as he is honored with their 2009 Community Quarterback Award. The award will be presented at halftime of the Falcons NFC showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The game at The Georgia Dome is a match up between two teams chasing Wild Card slots with the Falcons bringing a record of 6-5 against the Eagles who stand at 7-4.

The Community Quarterback Award is presented each year by the Atlanta Falcons to individuals who are committed to improving their communities through volunteerism.

For the past eight years, Whitfield has served as a volunteer boxing coach to over 100 area youths at the Augusta Boxing Club.

In addition to weekly practices, he transports, supervises and coaches youths in out of town tournaments at his own expense. Whitfield has assumed the role of advisor, counselor, and mentor and more importantly role model to the youths that look up to him.

Said Whitfield, “I’m truly humbled to be chosen for this award. I enjoy working with youngsters in Augusta and giving back to the community and am thankful to the Atlanta Falcons. They’ve got a big game coming up on Sunday and I’m looking forward to supporting them as they try to make the playoffs.”

About his volunteerism, Whitfield stated “It started a little slowly with my just showing some of the younger kids some things I learned when I was an amateur, but then my coach asked me to lead the classes for the kids and it’s grown from there” said the 28 year old lifelong Augusta resident.

Whitfield starting boxing at the age of 12 and capped an outstanding amateur career with a Silver Medal at the 2004 United States Olympic Trials. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Georgia Boxing Hall of Fame.

Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, “Rayonta truly exemplifies the kind of outstanding individual that we’re proud to work with. We’d like to thank Arthur Blank and the entire Atlanta Falcons organization for their recognition of Rayonta.”

With a record of 23-1-0 (11KO’s) Whitfield is currently world ranked #9 by, # 4 by the International Boxing Federation and # 7 by the World Boxing Organization.

He is trained by Ronnie Shields, managed by Cameron Dunkin and Tom Moraetes and promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions.


Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, cruiserweight Andres Taylor, super middleweights Joey Gilbert and Fedor Chudinov, middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose, James Countryman and Dmitry Chudinov, junior middleweights Bastie Samir, welterweights Demetrius Hopkins, Juan Buendia, Raul Tovar, David Garcia and Bradley Blankenship, junior welterweights Francisco Contreras, Joseph Elegele and Hastings Bwalya, lightweights Edner Cherry, Rolando Reyes, Mickey Bey Jr., Terence Crawford and Fidel Maldonado Jr., featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Dat Nguyen, Delvin Placencia, Rafael Lora, Maxwell Awaku and Robert Rodriguez, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela, bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz and flyweight Rayonta Whitfield

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