Press Releases


Did you know? In addition to donating and volunteering, there are several other ways to support the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. We have some amazing partners including Airbnb, Amazon and Rite Aid!


Click on the links below to learn more about how you can get involved.


We need your VOTES!!!

The Downtown Boxing Gym is competing for $100,000 in an online competition via A Community Thrives! All we need is your VOTES between now and May 12, 2017 to make it to the finals. Click HERE to VOTE now!


We’re in it to WIN it, and we need YOUR help!

The Downtown Boxing Gym is competing in the 9th annual ArtVan Charity Challenge, a three-week fundraising competition throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. (Now through April 25, 2017)

Donate HERE to Support Our Program!

We have the chance to win up to $100,000 in addition to any funds we raise via CrowdRise. All proceeds benefit our free, after-school academic program that includes boxing, enrichment programs and so much more.


We are Proud to be an Airbnb Experience!

Those visiting Detroit can sign up to try their skills in the ring with our Founder and CEO Khali Sweeney and also see our program in action. Follow this link to sign up. 100% of proceeds from this promotion go to the Downtown Boxing Gym! Click here to sign up -> AirBnB


Support Us While You Shop With Amazon Smile! 

Just go to to create your account, choose the Downtown Boxing Gym as your charity, and everytime you shop, Amazon will donate .5% of the sale to our program! Click here to sign up -> Amazon Smile


Use Your Change to Make a Change With Rite Aid Kid Cents! 

Sign up and “round up” your Rite Aid purchases. The spare change will come to the Downtown Boxing Gym! Follow the link to sign up and for more information. Click here to sign up -> Rite Aid Kid Cents

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program Grand Opening Ceremony

Rendering Courtesy ROSSETTI

Rendering Courtesy ROSSETTI

Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Will Mark the Official Relocation of

Renowned Educational Program



DETROIT – August 13, 2015: Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program is finally relocating and expanding. Next Wednesday, August 19th from 9 – 11 a.m., staff, supporters, and Detroit dignitaries will be on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon in the 27,500 square foot former bookbinding building that now houses two boxing rings, a training facility, computer lab, study rooms, and executive offices. DBG Youth Program has received national press and support from foundations and companies like ROSSETTI, Sachse Construction, The Ray of Light Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation. (more…)

SOUTHPAW Movie Lookbook & Downtown Boxing Gym Partnership


Image via Shady Records

Image via Shady Records


In conjunction with their partnership to create the film soundtrack Southpaw: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture, Shady Records and executive producer Eminem have collaborated with the highly revered boxing brand, TITLE, for a limited edition collection of apparel and accessories.

With TITLE, Shady has created a line of official Southpaw merchandise including boxing-inspired t-shirts, hoodies and authentic boxing gloves. Designs for the gear pull from direct references from both the film (Billy Hope, Wills Gym) and Eminem’s original music contributions to the soundtrack (“Phenomenal”, “Kings Never Die”).

For the limited release, Shady Records has also partnered with label boss Eminem’s Marshall Mathers Foundation and Detroit’s own Downtown Boxing Gym. Downtown focuses on developing their city’s at-risk youth through community service and disciplined academics combined with a character-building boxing program. With their connection to boxing and shared vision for helping youth in Detroit, the MMF couldn’t have found a more fitting partner.

The Southpaw Merchandise look book was shot by photographer Jeremy Deputat on location at Downtown Boxing Gym and features actual graduates from the program.

Additionally, to benefit the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Shady Records, TITLE and MMF are holding an online fundraiser for a select number of the already-sold-out boxing gloves autographed by Eminem. Ten lucky winners will be chosen, in addition to one grand prize winner who will get a handwritten response to a “Stan” fan letter from Eminem himself. Fundraiser starts next week at  Sign up for updates.


The Dresner Foundation Funds Student Transportation




DETROIT – March 4, 2015The Dresner Foundation has announced its support of Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. The gift will fund drivers for transportation to and from the after-school program, volunteer activities and athletic events for one year. (more…)