Low-income Americans are bearing the brunt of COVID-19. Detroit, a city already facing steep economic and racial inequalities, has emerged as a virus hot spot. John Yang reports and talks to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Darienne Hudson about families struggling to fulfill their basic needs and access vital
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When the coronavirus outbreak blind-sided businesses and residents in Detroit, one nonprofit came out swinging. Downtown Boxing Gym has approached the pandemic as an opportunity to help other community service providers and practice a lesson it has taught students since forming in 2007.
During the best of times, CNN Heroes go above and beyond to fulfill their missions of serving others and making the world a better place. The Covid-19 pandemic has made their jobs much harder. But CNN Heroes everywhere have quickly pivoted to keep their communities supported and connected in this
His game face on, Omar Ingram waited for the chance to shine in the ring he calls home with dreams of the Olympics and a professional career. And a few minutes later Saturday, the 15-year-old Detroit boxer used his blue gloves to throw and land punches at a furious clip
In January, the Detroit Lions launched a social justice program, backed by the team’s players, owner Martha Ford and coach Matt Patricia, which would fund a three-pronged initiative: Sponsoring scholarship funding, social-education programs and medical aid and health assistance. On Tuesday, the team announced a second wave of nine individual programs that
The Detroit Lions will award nearly $600,000 in grants to local charities next year through the organization’s social justice initiative, “Inspire Change,” the team announced Thursday. The program was borne of a contentious 2017 season, when eight Lions joined players across the NFL in taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem to
Grassroots nonprofits with dynamic founders can struggle to ensure their missions live on beyond the leader. That’s something the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program began mulling over a few years back, before it had even hit the 10-year mark. The tutoring, athletics, mentorship, socio-emotional skill building, college- and career-readiness and
Jeezy may be from Atlanta, but he loves Detroit. Friday, Jeezy and Detroit City Council Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield joined forces to put on a Holiday Toy Drive just outside of the Downtown area prior to Jeezy’s appearance at Little Caesars Arena.
Claressa Shields felt as if she had hit a million-dollar jackpot when she won gold in the Olympic debut of women’s boxing at the 2012 London Games. But the 17-year-old returned to her hometown of Flint, Michigan, to find her future held no more promise than before. “I had so