DBG Blog

Meet the Gym’s Volunteers: Sophia Filipe

Sophia, a junior at the University of Michigan, is currently studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal. But she says her heart is at DBG and she’ll be returning as an academic tutor with our students this fall. The Downtown Boxing Gym is grateful to have such dedicated volunteers. Check out our volunteering

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Downtown Boxing Gym Selected as 2020 KidCents Charity

The Rite Aid Foundation has selected the Downtown Boxing Gym to participate in its 2020 KidCents program. Every year, the foundation supports a select group of nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children. “We are honored to be included among this year’s KidCents organizations,” said

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Meet the Gym’s Volunteers: Michael Peyerk

We could not do what we do without our amazing volunteers! This is part of a series of blog posts to spotlight and celebrate the professionals from all over metro Detroit who give of their time and talents to help our students every single day. We are truly thankful for

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DBG Awarded 2020 Detroit Lions “Inspire Change” grant

We are so INSPIRED. DBG is honored to receive a 2020 Detroit Lions “Inspire Change” social justice initiative grant. The Lions announced their list of grantees on Dec. 26, 2019 and DBG is among the local organizations that will receive funding generated by the team’s social justice initiative, Detroit Lions Inspire

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Detroit Lions & Ford Surprise DBG With New Transit Van

The Detroit Lions and Ford Motor Company teamed up to deliver a BIG surprise to DBG and it’s one that will help keep our academic and athletic program on the move. Click the video player below to watch. Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford, Danny Amendola, Jarrad Davis and Devon Kennard walked

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Meet The Gym’s Volunteers: Sloane Leppen

We could not do what we do without our amazing volunteers! This is part of a series of blog posts to spotlight and celebrate the professionals from all over metro Detroit who give of their time and talents to help our students every single day. We are truly thankful for

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DBG Receives KidCents Regional Grant for Sports Equipment

The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded $5 million through its KidCents Regional Grant program and the Downtown Boxing Gym is proud to be one of more than 200 grant recipients across the country. As part of its ongoing efforts to address critical children’s health and wellbeing issues in the communities

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Meet The Gym’s Volunteers: Jose Bartolomei

We could not do what we do without our amazing volunteers! This is part of a series of blog posts to spotlight and celebrate the professionals from all over metro Detroit who give of their time and talents to help our students every single day. We are truly thankful for

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DBG Welcomes New AmeriCorps VISTA Members

Two new faces have joined the Downtown Boxing Gym team. We’re delighted to welcome Maude Davis and Dimitar Jakimovski who will work with our program for the next year, courtesy of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Both bring different skill sets and backgrounds to their full-time jobs at the gym, but

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Meet Coach Benji: A DBG Alum Turned Boxing Coach

Every day, Coach Benji arrives at the Downtown Boxing Gym around 3 p.m. to get ready for training. He greets students as they come into the gym and leads them through warm-ups, stretches, jumping rope and running drills. Benji also works with our student boxers who spar in the ring.

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