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“Books Before Boxing” Our results speak volumes. In the first year, our students see an improvement, on average, of at least one letter grade. Most have at least a 3.0 GPA. Teach for America, an Americorps program that offers college tuition assistance in exchange for one year of national service, has recently partnered with Downtown Boxing Gym’s Youth Program to offer daily tutoring, develop strong study habits, and create an individualized program of achievement.
Like any sport, boxing creates a daily discipline of mental and physical fitness. The kids develop a strong sense of themselves and learn how to rely on one another in a team environment. They view one another as family members, and learn how to communicate, resolve conflicts and celebrate successes together. Unique to the program is how parents are encouraged to be their child’s “head coach” as the organization works to strengthen family bonds.
In addition to the rigorous academic and athletic program, participants in the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program are required to perform community service. The kids work with Detroit’s Forgotten Harvest by working in their gardens during the summer months and sorting foods in their warehouse during the school year. DBG kids also play baseball with The Miracle League, a team in Plymouth for children with special needs.