DBG Blog

Downtown Boxing Gym Receives Rite Aid KidsCents Regional Grants

The Rite Aid Foundation has distributed 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million, through the inaugural cycle of the KidCents Regional Grant Program. The Downtown Boxing Gym is proud to receive $40,000 in funding to support our books before boxing program and our students. The Downtown Boxing Gym received a $30,000 grant for general operating support from

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Familiar Face at DBG Takes on New Role

One of the Downtown Boxing Gym’s newest full-time employees is a longtime team member who is well known to our students. Amy Mullins is the gym’s new secondary education specialist. She’ll focus on building connections between our students and their schools to make the support they receive more seamless. “The

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DBG Goes 3D With New 3D Printers

They’ve been touted as the high-tech tools that will change the supply chain and manufacturing model around the world. 3D printers are the wave of the future and the Downtown Boxing Gym is proud to have three of our own. We’ve added them to our science, technology, engineering, art and

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Renowned French Photographer Brings History to Life at DBG

Award-winning French photographer Nicolas Henry has traveled around the world to create his latest book, depicting African history – from slavery to freedom. Now he’s completing the final chapter in Detroit at the Downtown Boxing Gym and teaching our students valuable lessons while providing hands-on training in photography and set

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AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer helps strengthen college, career prep

The Downtown Boxing Gym is pleased to welcome Samantha Rudelich, our new AmeriCorps VISTA program volunteer. (VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America.) Samantha will be with us through August 2019, focused on expanding college and career resources for our students and more. Samantha, 23, is a 2017 graduate

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Meet Our New Academic Director, Katie Anderson

The Downtown Boxing Gym is thrilled to welcome Katie Anderson, our new Academic Director responsible for academic programming and overseeing our full-time and part-time academic staff. Katie is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in educational technology. She previously taught

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Best Wishes to our U-M Summer Interns

Summer flew by and a talented pair of summer interns from the University of Michigan helped make it a breeze. Sophia Filipe, who’s starting her sophomore year at U-M, and Collin Beavan, a U-M junior, made their marks — and a bunch of new friends — during their time at the Downtown

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Shamrock 555 Awards Student Scholarships

We are so proud of Downtown Boxing Gym graduate, Melanie Rayford, one of the first-ever recipients of a $10,000 impact scholarship from Shamrock 555 The Stephen Luigi Piazza Foundation. Her reaction was priceless – a mix of shock, joy, and a tidal wave of emotion. Melanie Rayford appeared stunned and

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Meet the Downtown Boxing Gym’s New Apprentice

Downtown Boxing Gym student Kadeem Anderson is among our next generation of leaders. Thanks to a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, he is receiving leadership training to ensure the longevity of our program for years to come. The newest face at the Downtown Boxing Gym is a

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Celebrating Our Seniors: Congratulations, Dorian!

About this series: The Downtown Boxing Gym is incredibly proud of our 100% high school graduation rate – a track record of success that has continued every year since 2007 thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff and volunteers. As graduation approaches, we’re celebrating our Class

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