Democratic Candidate, New York 11th Congressional District
Boyd Melson is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, former professional boxer, and a leader on behalf of a number of charitable causes. Melson, who is mixed with Louisiana Creole and Jewish, is a native New Yorker who spent most of his childhood in South Brooklyn and Staten Island. After graduating from High School, he earned an appointment at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, following in the footsteps of his family to serve his country. While at West Point, Melson was quickly recognized as a skilled pugilist and racked up many achievements as an amateur and professional boxer, including the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championship, World Military Boxing Championship, and the WBC USNBC Championship.
In 2010, Melson deepened his passion for helping others as he became a stalwart advocate and supporter for spinal cord research. He donated all of his professional boxing winnings and worked to raise a combined total of nearly $400,000 to fund research to cure spinal cord injuries. Melson has continued to support the non-profit he co-founded “TEAM FIGHT TO WALK” and has also taken on a new challenge—raising awareness about opiate and opioid addiction. He has donated earnings from fights to a non-profit which aims to defeat drug addictions among young adults and he conducts a weekly free boxing clinic on Staten Island for any resident in the borough who is battling a drug addiction.