Our New Yard Levels the Playing Field for Students

The Downtown Boxing Gym now has a beautiful, safe, grass-covered yard for our students to enjoy, thanks to generous donations from three local businesses.

Our students are getting a kick out of the warm, summer-like temperatures and the chance to play soccer and other sports in the sun. We are incredibly grateful to the Edw. C. Levy Co. and Slante Excavating for their work leveling the uneven surface of our fenced-in field, improving the alleyway between the lot and our gym, and seeding the topsoil to produce a lush green lawn. Their work improves drainage following rains, but more importantly it gives our students a safe and nurturing place to play, learn and unwind after hitting the books.

The yard also features a 6-foot chain-link fence, courtesy of American Fence & Supply Co. of Warren, that was installed earlier this season.

The new playing field allows us to expand our educational and enrichment mission by giving us a place to do gardening work and host outdoor activities throughout the spring and summer months.

Eliot Weiner, general manager for Southern Michigan Aggregates Edward C. Levy Co, says the company has long track record of giving back to the communities it serves.

“The Edw. C. Levy Co. and Stante Excavating wanted to support a safe place for students to play after they have completed their school work,” Weiner said. “When their homework is done, it’s important these students have options that support a healthy lifestyle.

“Our goal was to create an environment that is more attractive to the students, the neighborhood and the Downtown Boxing Gym leadership.”

The Edw. C. Levy Co. is a family owned business that traces its beginnings to Detroit in 1918. The nearly 100-year-old company provides services to steel mills, construction materials, asphalt paving, ready-mix concrete and fertilizer.

Slante Excavating of Wixom provided equipment, engineering and grass seeding.

The Downtown Boxing Gym thanks all three companies for their donations. Not only does our new yard improve our physical appearance and add green space and fun, it also represents an investment in Detroit’s children.