DBG Blog

DBG Welcomes New AmeriCorps VISTA Member

The Downtown Boxing Gym is excited to welcome its newest AmeriCorps VISTA member, Phaedra Wainaina, to the team. Phaedra serves as the Pathways to Employment VISTA and volunteer coordinator for our academic program. Her role largely involves developing plans for engaging volunteers, students and donors. “My goal is to make

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DBG Grad, Asiyah Williamson, Returns as New Apprentice

Asiyah Williamson attended DBG in high school. She is a 2015 graduate of Henry Ford Academy and has a passion for rehabbing vacant Detroit homes. We are proud to welcome her back as our new apprentice. “I owe much of my success and growth to DBG,” says Asiyah Williamson (pronounced,

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Leading During a Pandemic – DBG Welcomes New Board Chair

The Downtown Boxing Gym is pleased to welcome Rakesh Aneja, who is taking the helm of DBG’s board of directors amid COVID-19. Rakesh has served on the DBG board since 2017. He began his new role in May. When Rakesh Aneja first stepped foot inside the Downtown Boxing Gym several

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See the Downtown Boxing Gym’s Safe Re-Open Plan in Action

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic put life on lockdown in March, the Downtown Boxing Gym has re-opened its doors to students in our free, after school academic and athletic program. DBG’s leaders consulted with health and safety experts from international corporations to doctors and state and local

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COVID-19 Through the Eyes of a DBG Student

Amid the crisis caused by COVID-19, one thing has remained certain: Families can count on the Downtown Boxing Gym. After 94 days of online tutoring, workouts and emergency deliveries of food and supplies, we recently launched our Safe Re-Open plan. We are thrilled to welcome our students back into the

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Mobile COVID-19 Testing Makes a Stop at DBG

As part of an ongoing program to make COVID-19 testing more accessible to residents across the city of Detroit, Wayne State University, ACCESS, the Wayne State University Physician Group, and Ford Motor Company set up a mobile testing site outside the Downtown Boxing Gym (6445 E. Vernor Highway) on Saturday,

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DBG Faces on the Front Lines, Shaquana Suggs

Every week, our DBG vans, drivers and team members are hard at work, delivering emergency food boxes to our students and families, and getting tens of thousands of masks and thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer to dozens of other nonprofits across SE Michigan. We are proud to introduce some

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DBG Faces on the Front Lines, Coach Tone

Every week, our DBG vans, drivers and team members are hard at work, delivering emergency food boxes to our students and families, and getting tens of thousands of masks and thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer to dozens of other nonprofits across SE Michigan. We are proud to introduce some

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