The largest group of DBG seniors we’ve seen in years is set to graduate. We are so proud of these amazing students and our team who worked hard and got the job done despite the challenges of COVID-19. This is part of a series Celebrating our 2021 DBG Seniors.

Cole, a senior at University of Detroit Jesuit High School, came to the Downtown Boxing Gym in 2016. Originally, he attended with the intention of becoming a boxer. But his passion for football rose to the forefront.

“I brought my mindset from the Downtown Boxing Gym and the training that DBG instilled in me and the words of wisdom that they put into me: ‘Business first always. Take care of business,'” he says. “So now I take care of what I need to first, and have fun later.”

An addition to that winning mindset, DBG provided Cole with a place to create strong connections.

“Everybody there is like my extended family,” he says. “If they needed something, I would be there and help to the best of my ability.”

During his time in the program, he focused on a number of pursuits from music and drawing to academics and athletics. Cole tried his hand at making music in DBG’s music studio and discovered a new passion for producing.

“Turns out, I really enjoy it. I still do it,” he says. “I still keep in touch with my teacher who taught me what to do and how to expand with it. DBG is the perfect program to pick up something that you never would have the opportunity to try. Name another boxing gym that has a climbing wall, a computer lab, a robotics team, computer programming. Imagine all of the in-school things you can do at the gym.”

After high school, Cole plans to become an electrician or a heavy machinery mechanic. He’s still deciding which program he’ll attend. He’s thankful to everyone at DBG who has cheered him on along the way.

Cole, we are so proud of you and all of our bright, promising seniors in the DBG Class of 2021!



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