The Fighters Foundation was started with funds donated by the friends and family of Vernon Lynch Sr. after he lost his battle with cancer on June 16th, 2001. Vernon is the biological father of Vernon Lynch Jr., Monica Rouse, and Sheila Houston, step father of Charlie and Eddie Murphy and grandfather of Brandyn Lynch. He was a lightweight contender in the 1960s that showed tremendous promise. Unfortunately he did not become a world champion. However, he did fight the Canadian champion, Kid Howard, to an arguable draw. The boxing match was the highlight of Vernon’s career. Later in life he went on to open his own boxing gym with friend Frank Krantz in Long Island, New York to give youth a healthy alternative to street life.
The Fighters Foundation is a Christian nonprofit organization that focuses on providing general support and saftey equipment to amateur boxers, martial artists and their respective gyms and dojos. We believe saftey should always come first and are committed to seeking new ways to reduce the amount of head trauma fighters receive in combat sports, which can sometimes lead to long-term brain damage. Good defense is the key to winning in every sport but is actually much more important for a fighter than any other athlete. We seek to promote new training tools and techniques that help build greater defensive skills in young fighters in their formative years of training. Prevention is truly the first line of defense in the fight against traumatic brain injury in combat sports.
We work hand and hand with other philanthropic organizations to facilitate our good will. We greatly appreciate the donations we’ve received from our Hollywood supporters. We fight “The Good Fight” to see future generations of amateur and professional fighters retire with little to no complications from their participation in combat sports.