GIVING BACK

Giving back is an important part of the Team Smith mentality. This section provides an insight into some of the activities the brothers do to help the community.

AUTISM

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Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

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Callum grew up with his youngest sister, Hollie, who is autistic. Hollie is non-verbal. As soon as Hollie was diagnosed with the condition it impacted their parents 24/7.

“Hollie knows no different: she has some good days and some bad days, but there are more good days than when she was in her early teenage years. I feel so comfortable around her; she’s my sister. The important thing is to treat her no differently – talk to her like you would anybody else in the family.”

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The focus for Callum is to raise awareness of the cause and tackling some of society’s misconceptions.

The waistband of the Smith Brothers’ shorts always has the word “AUTISM” across. This space is traditionally used to publicise a boxer’s name or nickname, but the brothers want to use it to show unity and support for Hollie and others with the condition.

The Smith Brothers opened an autism unit at Olsen House School, Crosby, in 2017.

The Team would encourage everybody to read more about this condition: www.autism.org.uk.

THE SMITH BROTHERS ACADEMY

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Sharing their boxing knowledge has always been important to Callum and his brothers.

The Smith Brothers Academy was set up at the Rotunda ABC in 2017. Young people aged 16- 18 are given support to get further qualifications, whilst being coached at boxing by the Smith Brothers. It is aimed at getting young people off the streets, gain further qualifications and skills, and make friends for life. To many, the Rotunda ABC gym is not only a great boxing gym, but also a social centre too.

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