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
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and why not spend it giving back? Nonprofits and organizations across Metro Detroit are always looking for more helping hands — especially this time of year. Here’s a list of just some of the organizations where you can give back to
Coach Khali Sweeney, Founder and CEO of the Downtown Boxing Gym talks about the importance of education and investing in the future of Detroit with Lou Goldhaber, EXP|DET Podcast Host and Chief of Staff at Broder & Sachse Real Estate.
Khali Sweeney has a proven formula for educating students: “Books before boxing.” He created a family environment at the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit and an afterschool program flexible enough to address each student’s specific needs. The results are impressive: Since its founding in 2007, the program has reported a
Linebacker Tahir Whitehead made his last tackle for the Lions almost two years ago, but the impact of his time in Detroit endures. While with the Lions, whom he’ll face as a Raider on Sunday, Whitehead was introduced to the Downtown Boxing Gym, a program providing academic help, mentoring, boxing
A celebrity bartending event at Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale will benefit the Downtown Boxing Gym. Hammer’s Bar Stars is Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Jennifer Hammond joined us on The Nine to tell us more about the event, along with Dino Bach from Dino’s Lounge. You can hear from the
FOX 2’s M.L. Elrick is the host of the parade’s Family Fun Zone. He was on hand as Clark Park and six other nonprofits shared in the luck of the Irish.
It was a packed house in Shed 5 at Eastern Market for Bridges Beyond Boxing. Think of it as a pugilists’ foreign exchange program — this year, 12 amateur boxers from Northern Ireland made the trip across the pond to train and fight in Detroit against some of our up
Khali Sweeney fell into the wrong crowd at a young age and spent several years on the streets of Detroit. Now, after turning his life around, he hopes his gym, Books Before Boxing, will prevent kids from making the same mistakes he made.