Santa Clara Magazine

Cam’s Corner

Cam’s Corner

By Eryn Olson ’16

Cameron McCarthy ’17, who made nationals three of four years, finishing second in 2017, with Marty Sammon ’56, world champion judge and referee. Photo by Denis Concordel

It was the first tournament Cameron McCarthy ’17 ever boxed in. Trying to get in the right headspace before her fight, she heard “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” over the loudspeaker. She was ready to clobber the DJ. Instead, the 5-foot-1 brawler took it out on the competition: making nationals three of four years and finishing second in 2017

Marty Sammon ’56 also knows about boxing. He has officiated 51 world championship bouts as a judge and referee. He played a ref on the big screen in Million Dollar Baby. He says boxing is like taking a course on courage. That he knows, too. As a young officer in the 101st Airborne, he was dispatched to Little Rock, Arkansas, when Central High was being integrated in September 1957. Nine African American kids just wanted to go to school. We’re honored to have Marty on our side. So is Cam. How about you? scu.edu/give

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