Amateur boxers and boxing fans alike not only in the Denver area but around the world are familiar with the name of Raylene Carbone for her work and dedication to the World Boxing Council’s WBC Cares program, but few know of her ‘walking the walk’ after ‘talking the talk’ in making education the driving force in the success of both herself and her five children.
The WBC Cares program (Big champions supporting little champions) is where the heart of Carbone lies now that her children who have either successfully completed or are working on their education and making their own mark.
Her oldest son Serafin is a local musician (playing with the popular Bop Skizzum) who has his Masters degree (University of Colorado) in Jazz, oldest daughter Kali works for the WSB (World Series of Boxing) L.A. Matadors, while youngest daughter Tarryn is currently enrolled in Vassar College (New York), with son Roman having a degree in finance, and son Zack owning a degree in business (University of Colorado), all providing proof that education is of the utmost importance to Raylene Carbone.
Working two, sometimes even three jobs to ensure that her then young children attained a good, solid education was something Raylene looked at as a duty that would allow her children the opportunity to flourish, and it is now fairly obvious that her efforts have not gone to waste.
Raylene does have a daytime job as a Medical Billing Assistant, but her support of the WBC Cares program and the influence women can/do have in boxing is where her heart truly lies.
From supporting efforts to assist victims of the horrendous Japan tragedy to supporting the family and friends of Hawaiian Keaton Wong through his battle with cancer that finally took his life, both Raylene Carbone and fiancee Stephen Blea have made the commitment to make the WBC Cares program the model of what a boxing community effort should entail.
A Colorado native and 1976 graduate of Mapleton High School in Thornton, Raylene has always had an affliction for boxing, the sport being a favorite of her dad and brothers, and with the love of her life WBC referee and judge Stephen Blea being an ardent supporter of the WBC Cares program as well, their combined efforts have made the WBC Cares/Colorado branch a complete success.
The achievements and dedication of Raylene Carbone have not gone unnoticed as she was recently chosen the NABF Star of the Month, a recognition both earned and well-deserved for her achievements as a mother, role model, and ambassador for women’s rights around the world.
Congratulations Raylene, for being the role model your children saw first hand of what hard work and focus can produce while understanding the value of a good, solid education being their own gauge of self-esteem.
Those that know Raylene fully understand her place in heaven has been secured, with her ability to deal with Stephen Blea on a daily basis being her unquestioned entry pass.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com