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Alycia Baumgardner Gives Thoughtful Thanksgiving Gift to 75 Families

Published 11/14/2023, 11:20 AM EST

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World champion boxer, Alycia Baumgardner not only dominates in the ring but also champions the spirit of giving back. In a heartwarming gesture, she recently graced Fremont Ross High School not just to showcase her impressive collection of world champion belts but to spread the joy of Thanksgiving to 75 families in need. 

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Since testing positive for a banned drug back in August, it is good to see Baumgardner give back to her community. It wasn’t just another basketball rally; it was a festive occasion marked by Baumgardner’s generosity as she sponsored a turkey giveaway, embodying the true essence of community support.

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Decked in her championship belts, Baumgardner set the stage for an event that transcended sports, connecting with the local community in a meaningful way. Baumgardner’s sponsorship of the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway showcased her commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of those around her. As per Fremont News Messenger, the atmosphere buzzed with excitement as students and families gathered, eager not only to witness the prowess of a world-class athlete but also to receive a special Thanksgiving surprise.

She even took a moment to chat and take selfies with a cheerleader from Fremont Ross. This interaction occurred at the high school’s basketball rally, which coincided with Baumgardner’s sponsorship of a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway.


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The anticipation built from the first glimpse of the champion boxer to the moment she took center stage. Baumgardner, known for her powerful punches in the ring, delivered a different kind of knockout outside it. Despite the doping allegations that Alycia so vehemently denies, she addressed the crowd with humility and gratitude, she shared her journey and the importance of giving back to the community that has supported her throughout her career.

The Bomb Denies Doping Allegations

Super Featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner recently concluded her second defense of her undisputed titles last month. However, she is currently facing controversy, as per boxing insider Dan Rafael. Reportedly, Baumgardner’s urine test on July 12, conducted three days before her unanimous decision victory over Christina Linardatou, revealed the presence of the banned steroid Mesterolone.

In response to these allegations, Baumgardner had issued an extensive statement vehemently denying any wrongdoing. She adamantly asserted that she has never taken, nor would she ever take, Mesterolone or any other prohibited substance. Emphasizing her commitment to fair play, she pointed out that both her post-fight tests returned negative results, rendering the July 12 test outcome “essentially impossible.” Moreover, she expressed her firm intention to actively oppose the idea that she knowingly used a banned substance, stating that she has “no intention of sitting back in silence and letting this ‘play out.'”


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In a world often focused on victories within the confines of sports arenas, Alycia Baumgardner’s benevolence shines as a beacon of inspiration. Her actions extend beyond the boxing ring, demonstrating that true champions are not only defined by their athletic prowess but also by the positive impact they make in the lives of others. This Thanksgiving, Fremont experienced the generosity of a world champion, leaving an indelible mark of gratitude and community spirit.

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Written by:

Simona Pereira


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Simona Isha Pereira is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in content creation, Simona thrives on the raw energy and riveting pre-game drama as much as the bouts themselves. One of Simona's defining moments in boxing occurred during the "Terence vs.
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