Six New Vans to Transport Downtown Boxing Gym Students

You’ve likely seen them lined up in front of our building on E. Vernor in Detroit. The Downtown Boxing Gym now has six new vans to safely transport our students to and from our free, after-school academic and athletic program each day, thanks to generous support from GM Fleet and the Dresner Foundation.

As we look ahead to a new school year, the Downtown Boxing Gym is excited to announce we have six new vans to transport our students to and from our program. The addition of a new, 6th van is a big deal for us as we continue to expand our program and add more children (and more van routes).

Did you know? We currently transport approximately 80 students each day, Monday through Friday, picking them up at various schools and homes across the city of Detroit and in some surrounding communities. Our dedicated van drivers are the first point of contact with our students. Drivers welcome the children onto the bus and chat with them about school, life, various successes and other milestones, as they make the daily trek to the gym.

When our program first began in 2007, Khali would drive students to and from the gym himself along with other staff members. We’ve racked up a lot of miles along the way.

Thank you to GM Fleet for providing the vehicles and to the Dresner Foundation for covering expenses, insurance, fuel, maintenance and wages for our van drivers. We are incredibly grateful for your support which is helping to drive our continued success.

Fun fact: Our vans drive 50-100 miles each day, depending on the route.

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Van Driver Wanted!

We’re seeking a responsible, experienced part-time van driver for our newest 15-passenger van to safely transport students to and from our program each day. The position is approximately 20 hours per week year-round, at a rate of $15 per hour, with the option of picking up additional field trip shifts. The routes change slightly each day but generally remain consistent. You”ll be picking up 14 students from home and school beginning at 2:30 pm and bringing them to the gym. Then, transporting them home beginning at 7:00 pm.
You must have a Michigan Chauffeur’s License and clean driving record. You must be at least 25 years old. Experience driving passenger vans is preferred, as is experience working with children. The ideal candidate will be reliable, flexible, trustworthy, have good communication skills with both boxing gym staff and families, and enjoy working with students.

Interested in the van driver position? Meet our qualifications?