Three years ago, the Downtown Boxing Gym — an academic and mentoring program in Detroit — needed a driver to fill in for a couple of weeks. Diane McKinney-El Bey agreed to help — and never left. McKinney-El Bey, a Detroiter who previously worked as a Montessori teacher, came out of retirement to drive
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DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit’s very own Downtown Boxing Gym is all set to unveil its newly renovated outdoor space in Islandview. Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials will be at the big reveal, followed by DBG’s annual fundraiser. The upgraded facility aims to provide a host of athletic and learning
Let’s get ready to rumble — but hit the books first. The Downtown Boxing Gym, a nationally recognized nonprofit, planned to unveil its new outdoor sports complex Tuesday evening featuring a multisport turf field, study pavilion, ice rink and fire pits aimed at creating opportunities for Detroit students all year. “Our mission every
Detroit Public Schools Community District has served about 2.2 million meals to students this school year. Last school year, the district served 9.6 million. The numbers from other large districts in Michigan are similar: Grand Rapids has served 863,169 meals so far this year, compared with 2.8 million last school year. Lansing
DBG received an incredible gift from Detroit Diesel and Thomas Built Buses. A custom designed 76-passenger bus rolled up on Friday, April 9, 2021. The bus will address the major obstacle of transportation that so many of DBG families face. Getting students safely to and from DBG every day is
Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program in Detroit hopes new van will help them do more — Asks for your vote
The Downtown Boxing Gym does more than just teach kids how to box. They teach real life skills and lessons about responsibility and commitment. There are 1,300 children on the waiting list. Khali Sweeney is the founder of the gym. It’s a nonprofit that provides high-risk children structure, tutoring and some lessons
DETROIT (FOX 2) – School’s in session at the Downtown Boxing Gym. Normally an afterschool program, it is pivoting to meet students’ needs during this pandemic Their motto is “Books Before Boxing.” As children are taught individually and in small groups, masks are required and the kids are still getting their exercise.
Depending on what parents decided in Detroit, some kids are going back to the bell. While others are staying at home because of COVID-19. “We are the bridge between school and they’re out of school time,” said Gavin McGuire.
“It’s an assembly line of hope for those who need it – it’s always here.” ICYMI: The Downtown Boxing Gym was truly honored to be featured in this report shared nationwide on Matter of Fact over July 4th weekend. Special thanks to the Cain family for opening their home and