LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nicole Craig packs a mean punch, and she's using her power to fight for the future.
Craig is the owner of the Mayweather Boxing and Fitness studio in Spring Valley.
"I use fitness as an outlet for myself, and I wanted to be able to create a space where people can do something that's for them," said Craig.
Craig and her team are giving back to the community through a series of classes and workshops. They are mentoring kids and teaching them the importance of fitness and never giving up on their goals, inspiration Craig channeled when she opened her business in the middle of the pandemic.
"It slowed things down and allowed for me to take my time and learn about what I was getting into," Craig said.
Craig saw how the pandemic affected children and wanted to become involved by teaching them the same tools used by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"'Being Great,' That's Floyd's motto," Craig said. "He's great at what he does, what he did, and it's just really about wanting to transfer that over to bring them up in a program where they get to have not only just boxing, but also mentoring."
Craig is launching Gloves for Greatness, a program teaching kids boxing and life skills. She's also partnering with Angels of Las Vegas, offering fitness classes to kids battling cancer, encouraging them to stay positive, because she always tries to find the positive side of any circumstance.
However, Craig is not just fighting for the youth.
"Our culture struggles with a lot of generational issues and health issues and even within my own family."
Craig said that the Black community faces challenges that she wants to help eradicate. Her own family inspired her to launch a "Get Fit for Life" program has a mission to help minorities get financially fit.
"Finances, filing taxes, mortgages; the basics of being able to prepare for that," Craig said. "I feel like if we can make fitness a part of our lives, we can start to break those trends."
Right now, registration is open for the Gloves To Greatness program. Ages 7 to 17 are welcomed. To sign up go to Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Spring Valley | Facebook.