The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth program is so much more than a boxing gym. (Click on the screen above to watch our video!)
Our motto is "Books Before Boxing." In a city famous for grit, hard work, and determination, our students are learning anything is possible. The Downtown Boxing Gym is changing lives and helping Detroit students thrive. We are proud that 100% of our students have graduated from high school since our program was founded in 2007.
We are a free, after-school academic and athletic program providing tutoring, mentorship, enrichment programs (like computer coding, cooking classes and music), college and career readiness, transporation and healthy meals every weekday, all year long.
The boxing gym was founded by Coach Khali Sweeney, who grew up in Detroit and overcame educational challenges of his own. After turning his life around, he focused his attention on making a positive difference for the children of Detroit. He's received numerous honors for his work including being a CNN Hero Top 10 Finalist and 2018 Governor's Service Award-winner for Mentor of the Year. Our mission is to empower our future leaders and provide the tools and resources they need to succeed. Our students will go on to do amazing things; the impact is immeasurable.
Every year, we give each of our kids a coat and boots to get them through the Detroit winter ahead. Please support us to get our kids what they need to keep them warm as the holiday season approaches.