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The Good Work of the DBG // Stories Around Metro Detroit

The DBG (you might know them as the Downtown Boxing Gym) is making some big moves supporting Detroit's youth, along with plans for a new facility. Khali Sweeney and Peter Fezzey from the organization join me to talk about it more. Then I send you out the door with three stories to know around Metro Detroit. Listen in the player below - or in your favorite podcast app. 00:30 - Ad for City Bird - 01:31 - DBG Conversation with Khali Sweeney and Peter Fezzey...

Detroiter Named A Top 10 Hero By CNN, Needs Your Vote To Be “Hero Of The Year”

When it comes to programs that help kids, it’s difficult to match the determination and results of the Downtown Boxing Gym on the near east side of the city. Khali Sweeney (we’ve had him as a guest on our Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast) founded and runs the after-school program that serves 156 Detroit students from the ages of 8-18. There are some impressive numbers behind the program. For students involved, has a 100% high school graduation rate since 2007, because it focuses on “books be...

When Fighting Back Against Detroit's Poverty, You Need An Education To Survive

As Khali Sweeney travels to represent his beloved Downtown Boxing Gym, one thing always remains on his mind: That education is a keystone to moving Detroit forward. Actually, it’s the only thing Sweeney thinks about as he and Downtown Boxing Gym Executive Director Jessica Hauser move through the crowds on Mackinac Island. They’re here to listen to the conversations about Detroit schools, to meet new Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and to spread the work about their non-profit boxing gym. If...

Bend + Brew Brings Doing Good, Beer And Yoga Together On August 27

Beer, yoga and music will collide for a cause when Detroit’s own Bend + Brew begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Downtown Boxing Gym, 6445 E. Vernor Hwy, Detroit. All those 21 and over are welcome to practice yoga, co-led by Sam Arin from Center for Yoga and Dennis Blender. The hour long class is meant to relax your mind and strengthen your body while music by Cooper Anstett inspires all participating. At noon, join the community to enjoy a beer from Perrin Brewing Company and snacks from...

Downtown Boxing Gym Receives $25,000 From Rite Aid Foundation On The Rachel Ray Show

Rachel Ray and The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program has a surprise on national TV yesterday. Ray announced a $25,000 donation to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program from the foundation. In addition, they also are providing the DBG Youth Program with $5,000 in school, office, first aid and cleaning supplies. According to the gym, The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program currently serves 110 students between the ages of 5 and 18, with more than 600 on a waiting list. To date, the organiza...

Win A Highly Prized "Southpaw" Boxing Glove Signed By Eminem And Support Charity At The Same Time

“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance,” is not only part of an Eminem lyric, it also applies to this special way to support the youth programs at the Downtown Boxing Gym. Now is your shot to win one of 10 already-sold-out Southpaw boxing gloves made by Title and autographed by Eminem by donating at least $10 to Downtown Boxing Gym, through the Marshall Mather’s Foundation’s Klickly crowdfunding campaign. The grand prize winner gets a handwritten response to a fan letter from Eminem...

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