DBG Blog

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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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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Celebrating Our Seniors: Congratulations, Takiyah!

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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Celebrating Our Seniors: Congratulations, Kristopher!

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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Celebrating Our Seniors: Congratulations, Melanie!

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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Downtown Boxing Gym Welcomes Four New Board Members

The Downtown Boxing Gym is excited to welcome FOUR new board members. Brian Vieaux of Flagstar Bank, Dennis Blender of Blender Consulting Group, and Gary Wilson of JPMorgan Chase all join our Board of Trustees. John Carter with JPMorgan Chase joins our Advisory Board. Read more about each new board member below. Brian Vieux Brian has been with Flagstar

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Bee Hives Come Alive at the Downtown Boxing Gym

What’s all the buzz about? The nonprofit group Bees in the D has created a new home for dozens of honey bees right in our backyard. They’re housed in hand-painted hives, decorated by our students, inside a special wooden enclosure. Now that the grass is green and the weather is

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shobi Mathew

An emergency medicine clinical research coordinator at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, Shobi brings a wealth of knowledge to our program and our students. At age 23, it’s been awhile since Shobi Mathew has had to do long division. So, when a student at the Downtown Boxing Gym recently

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Coach Khali Joins Roundtable Discussion with Northwestern High Students

Khali Sweeney, our founder and CEO of the Downtown Boxing Gym, took part in a recent roundtable discussion with high school students attending Detroit College Preparatory Academy at Northwestern. He was among several business and nonprofit leaders invited to share insights. “There’s no corporate ladder in community service,” Sweeney told

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