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22 Coaches from Across the Globe ‘Kick It’ with DBG

“I don’t have words to express this experience. We would like to do something like this in our communities. You’re doing this from scratch.” Those are the words of Alejandro Godinez, a 51-year-old soccer coach from Nicaragua. He’s just one of twenty-two coaches and athletic professionals from Nicaragua and South

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Celebrating Our 2022 DBG Seniors: Congratulations, Renee!

Not many people can say they beat a celebrity in chess, but Renee Canty has bragging rights for winning an intense chess match against Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley at just 15 years old. That takes guts, brains, and strategic thinking – all strengths Renee possesses. “When I first came here

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Celebrating Our 2022 DBG Seniors: Congratulations, Matthew!

The flame of a successful future burns bright with Matthew Chambers. The University Preparatory Academy graduate joined DBG in 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic – a tumultuous time for students when attending school often meant logging into an online virtual classroom. At that same time, DBG extended

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DBG Reading Superstars: Joshua and Laura’s Story

It’s startling but true. Studies show more than half of Michigan’s third-grade students can not read at their grade level. The numbers are even more alarming for students in urban communities like Detroit. That’s unacceptable. And we’re doing something to change it. Every week at DBG, our staff, tutors, mentors

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We’re Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary: The Magic of DBG

2022 is a big year for the Downtown Boxing Gym. It’s our 15th anniversary! We’re celebrating 15 years of student achievement and building one of the nation’s leading out-of-school time programs from the ground up. If you’re new to DBG, we provide a free academic and athletic program that serves

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DBG Alum Heads to Poland for an Overseas Academic Adventure

Red and white balloons, the Polish flag, Paczkis (deep fried dough with fruit or cream filling) and other Polish treats set the scene at the Downtown Boxing Gym where a sendoff celebration took place for an ambitious DBG grad with big dreams. Asia Williams, a junior at the University of

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DBG Celebrates African Cultural Day of Learning

The sights, sounds and flavors of African culture filled the Downtown Boxing Gym during a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on January 17. Our students broke up into groups and took turns learning about drumming and dance, martial arts, and the delicious aromas and spices of African cuisine.

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