Walk into the VBA and it may make you feel like you just stepped into the heart of Philly boxing history. Six hundred photos of fighters cover the walls, accompanied by gloves and gear. Most of the items were acquired during the club's 72-year history. At the VBA, members are ex-fighters, managers and promoters, both amateur and professional. Non-boxers, however, can apply for a "social membership". It takes a week for club brass to decide on your membership, but someone will usually sponsor you.
The oldest organization of its kind, Ring One was founded in 1935 by the forefathers of Philadelphia boxing. Its membership consists of former fighters and others involved in the sport who meet monthly at the VBA Hall. The purpose of the VBA is to foster and promote the good and general welfare of the veteran boxer. To take care of the sick and disabled veteran boxer who may be in distress, by means of contributions within the means of and to the best of the association’s ability. To take an active interest in the administration of all the laws that affect the sport of boxing in the State of Pennsylvania, to insure that it’s members are given the recognition deserving of their past efforts, and to protect the active boxers to the best of the association’s ability. This organization has been active in community affairs through the years and has built a solid reputation for its good work in and out of the boxing community.