Champions of Dignity Association (CODA) “Champion of Dignity” belts may be awarded to any individual or organization involved in the sport of boxing in a significant way. This would include amateur and professional boxers both active and retired, promoters, managers, and sponsors, and those who make a significant contribution to the career of a boxer or to the sport of boxing. Nominees must be nominated by a panel of their peers with a detailed letter of recommendation expressing their nomination and how the individual being nominated has made a difference in the sport. Nominees must have one of the following:
• The individual being nominated must represent the sport of boxing in a positive and productive way.
• The individual being nominated must represent and serve their community in a significant way such as performing a unique public service or significantly making a positive impact on individual lives in their community.
• Individuals may be nominated based on their accomplishments in the sport of boxing. This especially applies to boxers, managers, and promoters.
• Individuals may be nominated based on significant financial support to the RBF, thus serving the retired boxing community through their financial support.
• For each belt awarded a fee of $1,200 USD shall be made to CODA and a $550 belt fee for the production of the custom made championship belt. CODA then makes significant a donation to the Retired Boxer’s Foundation (RBF) in honor of the new Champion of Dignity.
Once an individual has been nominated, the nominee is presented to CODA’s honorary Executive Panel for review. Once reviewed, those submitting the nominee shall be notified as to the approval or denial of the nominee. If approved, the nominee will be awarded the honorary “Champion of Dignity” title and the new champion will be awarded their belt and placed on the official CODA list of Champions of Dignity list and can be seen on the CODA website listed as a CODA champion. To nominate an individual or organization, contact Marcel Niessen or Terri Moss.