Raiders’ Tahir Whitehead maintains connection to Detroit youth program

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 lessons and other forms of support to Detroit-area students.

Today, the nonprofit program includes a computer lab, a music studio and enrichment courses among its services, working with more than 150 local students from ages 8 to 18.