Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
As founder of the “Moms Who Kick” charity, Oyster-Bay native Joanne “The Tigress” Hutchins has the experience necessary to hold her own in a fight. Those skills will be necessary when she participates in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity event on November 25 at the Hilton in Melville.
She has been prepared for this for quite some time, dating back to the moment she viewed the hit film Rocky in 1976.
Since then she has honed her skills through Muay Thai, a form of kickboxing, and trains regularly to maintain her peak shape.
“I train on a daily basis,” said Hutchins. “I incorporate cycling, running and jump rope to keep up with my cardio, pushups, squats, abdominal exercises and working with free weights for strength and conditioning.” She added, “I’m in the boxing gym 1-2 times per week at the minimum, working on movement, hitting the pads, shadow boxing and sparring.”
Based upon her work ethic and experience, vshe may be one of the favorites entering the competition. But even though Hutchins possesses a strong demeanor, she recognizes the purpose of the event.
“I’m very excited for this event because it’s a great way to raise funds for an important cause while at the same time getting into the best shape of my life.”
The event is expected to attract a crowd of more than 1,200 people. The proceeds will benefit three separate charities. Among those is the Long Island Community Chest, a nonprofit group that provides immediate short-term financial support to individuals and families in need on Long Island. Funds will also be provided to Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), which offers services to people with mental illness, brain injuries and developmental disabilities, as well as The Genesis School, a Plainview organization that works with children who have autism.