DBG Blog

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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DBG Founder and CEO Attends Harvard Business School Program

It is one the most prestigious business schools in the world with graduates that include billionaire Michael Bloomberg and the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, to name a few. Harvard Business School, the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, recently hosted a week-long professional development program called

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Gentle Giants: DBG Students Learn Life Lessons at Horse Camp

The Downtown Boxing Gym recently teamed up with Detroit Horse Power to give our students a one-of-a-kind week of learning how to ride and care for horses at Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center in Ann Arbor. Click below to watch a video of the amazing experience. Exposure to new experiences can

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Student Leader Gets Her First Job at the Downtown Boxing Gym

Kenedi Cain first set foot in the Downtown Boxing Gym four years ago. Now, she’s not just a student participant, she’s part of the staff. Kenedi, 15, parlayed her hard work in the ring — and especially in the boxing gym’s classrooms — into her first-ever job as a part-time

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Meet the Gym’s Volunteers: Liz Garvin

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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Shelf Help! Shelving.com Lends a Hand to Downtown Boxing Gym

The Downtown Boxing Gym is truly grateful to our donors and supporters who contribute in many ways to help our program grow and thrive. DBG recently received a generous gift from our friends at Shelving.com, a family owned business based in Madison Heights that specializes in storage. The company donated

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