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 it serves, The Rite Aid Foundation announced the distribution of 233 nonprofit grants, totaling more than $5 million, through its KidCents Regional Grant Program.

The program, which provides grants of $15,000-$30,000, funds specific out-of-school time programs focused on children’s nutrition, physical fitness and academic success. The KidCents program also annually supports a select group of more than 400 nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves, as well as national organizations focused on critical children’s issues including The Fred Rogers Company, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Folds of Honor.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to be a caring neighbor and making meaningful differences for the children and families who live in the communities we serve,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “The Regional Grant Program significantly expands the reach and impact of our KidCents program, while enabling our partner organizations to provide critical out-of-school time programs that are vital to keeping children and adolescents on track for future success.”

The Downtown Boxing Gym received $30,000 to purchase much-needed sports equipment and expand our athletic programming.

“We are truly grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for helping us ‘gear up’ to win,” said DBG executive director Jessica Hauser. “Our free, after-school program combines academics and athletics, teaching students teamwork, discipline and other important life-skills. This KidCents grant will enable us to expand our athletic programming and put more Detroit students on a path to winning futures.”

KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, grades K-12, and improve  quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The grants support three of KidCents’ primary focus areas for improving the health and wellbeing of children: healthy eating, active living and education. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of DBG!