Chief Roger Adolph • Chiefs and Champions

Chief Roger Adolph • Chiefs and Champions

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Part of the Chiefs and Champions series

Roger Adolph got into a fight playing basketball at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. If you want to fight, he was told, get in the ring. Roger did, but the coach told him that he didn't quite have what it takes. Those words pushed him to succeed. He won the Golden Gloves in 1964, 1965, and 1966, in Tacoma, Portland, and Seattle then turned pro. After two and a half years in England, Roger ended his professional boxing career and returned home. A member of the St'at'imc Nation, from the Xaxli'p reserve near Lillooet, BC, Chief Roger Adolph has served his community for more than 17 years. His longest standing record is as chief negotiator for his people. Roger claims he would not be the leader he is today if it were not for boxing. "Sports", he says, "is the prime vehicle for developing future leaders."

Titles included in this series:

Ross Powless
Alwyn Morris
Waneek Horn-Miller
Fred Sasakamoose
Tom Longboat
Darren Zack
Billy Two Rivers
Angela Chalmers
Richard Peter
Sharon and Shirley Firth
Gino Odjick

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