Education changes everything

Since 2007 we have been teaching kids in Detroit’s toughest neighborhoods valuable life lessons - inside and outside the classroom and the boxing ring.
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Books before boxing

In a city famous for grit, hard work, and determination, our students are learning that anything is possible. The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program is changing lives and helping Detroit students thrive. Our free, after-school educational program provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment, college and career readiness, and strong academic support as well as boxing and athletics for children ages 8-18. We have a 100% high school graduation rate since 2007 and we’re proud! At this pivotal time for Detroit public schools, when leaders are working hard to overcome long-standing challenges from poverty to poor test scores, we are providing proof positive that Detroit students can fight and win every day - in the ring, in the classroom, and in life.
“Boxing is the ‘hook’ to get and keep kids in the program. Teaching them to be productive members of society is our passion.”
- Coach Khali
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The Downtown Boxing Gym is 100% free to the students and families. Our services are made possible through generous donations and community fundraising efforts. We currently support over 150 students and have an 850+ waiting list. Join us to give more kids a fighting chance at a winning future.

How we help


“Books Before Boxing” Our results speak volumes. In the first year, our students see an improvement, on average, of at least one letter grade. Our academic team provides custom-tailored solutions for each of our students' needs through consistent and effective daily tutoring, homework assistance, test preparation, project completion, and literacy and math intervention.

Boxing & Mentoring

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.
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