Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s “Evolved Man of the Week” profile. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved person, famous and non-famous individual alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to Marine Corps veteran, mentor, and champion boxer Mike Steadman.
A three-time National Collegiate Boxing Champion from the United States Naval Academy, Mike Steadman also served as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer with deployments to Afghanistan, Japan, and the Philippines. Mike Steadman’s dedication to the community and his corporate partners is an unwavering reflection of his military service and sacrifice.
He champions community, entrepreneurship, social impact, and economic development. Mike Steadman has established himself as a high-profile, relentlessly vocal advocate for veterans and opportunity youth.
Ironbound Boxing is a four-year-old venture that provides youth, predominantly young men and women of color, the opportunity to become champions in and out of the ring — especially important now, Steadman says, with both a pandemic ravaging local economies and racial unrest highlighting the plight his organization hopes to correct.
“Many people don’t realize we exist and are an entity. They’re black and brown entrepreneurs like me all across the country doing similar work,” … “And I want to rally that community.”
At the Evolving Man Project, we salute Mike Steadman for the groundbreaking and essential work in Newark, NJ, helping young black men find paths through sport and discipline. Today we honor Mike Steadman as our Evolved Man of the Week.