We Train Kids For Life

Since 2007 we have been teaching kids in Detroit’s toughest neighborhoods valuable life lessons – inside and outside the classroom and the boxing ring.

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Books Before Boxing

In a city famous for grit, hard work, and determination, our students are learning that anything is possible. The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program is changing lives and helping Detroit students thrive. Our free, after-school educational program provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment, college and career readiness, and robust academic support as well as boxing and athletics for children ages 8-18. We have a 100% high school graduation rate since 2007 and we’re proud! At this pivotal time for Detroit public schools, when leaders are working hard to overcome long-standing challenges from poverty to poor test scores, we are proof positive that Detroit students can fight and win every day – in the ring, in the classroom, and in life.

“Boxing is the ‘hook’ to get and keep kids in the program. Teaching them to be productive members of society is our passion.”

- Coach Khali

Join Us

The Downtown Boxing Gym is 100% free to our students and families. Our services are made possible through generous donations and community fundraising efforts. We currently support over 150 students and have an increasingly large waiting list. Join us to give more kids a fighting chance at a winning future. To get more detailed information regarding our waiting list, complete with numbers and stats, contact us at: info@DBGDetroit.org

How we help


Our motto is “Books Before Boxing,” and our results speak volumes. In the first year, our students see an improvement, on average, of at least one letter grade. Our academic team provides custom-tailored solutions for each of our students' needs through consistent and effective daily tutoring, homework assistance, test preparation, project completion, and literacy and math intervention.

Boxing & Mentoring

Like any sport, boxing creates a daily discipline of mental and physical fitness. Our students develop a strong sense of themselves and learn how to rely on one another in a team environment. They view their peers as family members, and learn how to communicate, resolve conflicts and celebrate successes together. Unique to our program is the way parents are encouraged to be their child’s “head coach” as our organization works to strengthen family bonds.


In addition to our rigorous academic and athletic program, DBG participants are required to perform community service. Our kids work with Detroit’s Forgotten Harvest helping in their gardens during the summer months and sorting foods in their warehouse during the school year. DBG students also play baseball with The Miracle League, a team in Plymouth for children with special needs and participate in other projects including neighborhood cleanups like the Belle Isle Spring Cleanup, volunteering at community events like Tour de Troit, making blankets for sick children with Fleece and Thank you, and much more!