Please VOTE every day through December 12 and help us win $100,000!

We are so honored that our books before boxing program has led us to the CNN Heroes Top 10. By voting for Khali, founder and CEO of the Downtown Boxing Gym, you are helping Detroit students and helping our city shine in a global spotlight.

We hope you’ve heard the exciting news. On the CNN morning show “New Day,” Anderson Cooper announced that Khali Sweeney, our founder and CEO, is among the top 10 finalists for CNN Heroes of 2017. The award-winning program recognizes ordinary people from around the globe who are changing the world. What an incredible honor.

Now, we have a chance to win $100,000 if Khali gets the most online votes. And that’s where we need YOUR help. We’re counting on our powerhouse team of supporters and friends to vote every day and help us win!


Maximize your impact. You get 30 votes per day. Here’s how:

  • First, go to 
  • Next, cast your vote for Khali Sweeney by using your email login, Facebook login, or Facebook Messenger (or ALL THREE!)
  • You can vote up to 30 times — up to 10 times each day by email login, 10 times via Facebook login, and 10 times by clicking Message Us at or messaging “VOTE” to the CNN Heroes Facebook page.

We can’t thank you enough for your support! Here’s a message from Khali:

“It is truly an honor to be among the CNN Heroes Top 10 and to be recognized for the work we are doing to transform lives through education, enrichment, athletics and mentorship. We are proud of our books before boxing program and our 100% high school graduation rate since 2007. But, there is so much more work to be done. Right now, there are 850 students on our waiting list. We will not rest until we can make a difference in their lives, too. The work we are doing not only impacts our students and their families, it has a positive impact on our community, the city of Detroit, and the world. Thank you for all of your votes and support. With your help, and the power of all of us working together, we will win!” – Khali Sweeney

Tune in December 17!

“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa, will air live at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. It will also stream live for subscribers on CNNgo and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. And it will be available on demand via cable and satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and the CNN mobile apps beginning Dec. 18.