DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson
DaVarryl is a 1998 graduate of Northern’s Master of Public Administration Program.
In addition to his academic achievements DaVarryl is an accomplished athlete, and since graduating from Northern he has become a leader in the field of youth boxing. DaVarryl’s activities, both during and after his time as a student at Northern and as an athlete in Northern Michigan University’s Olympic Training Center include the followingimpressive accomplishments.
• He was a first alternate for Team USA at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
• He was the 1996-1998 winner of the United States National Championships, the only heavyweight ever to win 3 years in a row.
• He was National Golden Gloves Champion in 1996-1999, and added three victories at the American Boxing Classic and the NPAL Championship.
• He ended his six-year amateur career in 2000, as a 10-time national champion with a 120 wins out of 137 bouts.
• As a pro boxer, he won 27 of 35 bouts, winning the WBC NABF Championship in 2004 and fighting for the IBF Heavyweight Championship in 2005.
• In 2010, he established Englewood, Colorado’s Touch of Sleep Boxing Gym.
• In 2015 he was inducted into the Colorado Golden Gloves Hall of Fame,
• In 2017 he was designated the Englewood Schools Outstanding Volunteer,
• In 2018-2019 he received a Martin Luther King Legacy Award
• In 2019 he received the Charles Hay World School Volunteer Award, and City of Englewood Citizen of the Year Award nomination.
• Most recently, he was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Only two other boxers, Jack Dempseyand Corky Gonzalez, are currently inducted into the Colorado HOF.
• DaVarryl and his wife Jennifer currently live in Englewood Colorado.