Cortez Todd, 13, spars with Coach Khali Sweeney (Photo: David Guralnick / The Detroit News)
"This is not the run-of-the-mill boxing gym," says Carlos Sweeney, also known as Coach Khali, the founder, program director and head trainer of the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit, MI. You won't just find a boxing ring and punching bags hanging from the ceiling in this gym - you'll also find rows of computers and plenty of room to spread out textbooks and notebooks.
The Downtown Boxing Gym is part training facility, part after-school program. The boys and girls, ages ranging from 8 to 18, don't just learn how to box, but learn how to become better students and well-rounded members of the community.
Executive Director Jessica Hauser and Head Trainer Coach Khali. (Photo courtesy of Downtown Boxing Gym)Coach Khali opened the gym, located among abandoned buildings and vacant lots, eight years ago. He first started training his son, daughter and coworkers, but soon enough all the kids in the neighborhood wanted to be a part of it.
"When I started working with the kids, I saw they needed so much more," Khali tells the Good News. "It reminded me of my youth, growing up in the neighborhood Read More »from Detroit Boxing Gym Turns Teens into Great Athletes – and Even Better Students