Best Place for Kids to Learn About Life Through Boxing

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

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6445 E. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-209-3029;

In a converted book bindery on the east side of Detroit, any given weekday you'll find dozens of young people gathered around two boxing rings, where fighters are being coached in the sweet science. But the facility, which opened last year, is no ordinary boxing gym. It's the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, a nonprofit after-school activity where the rigors of boxing go hand in hand with training young minds. Thanks to fundraising whiz Jessica Hauser and "Coach Khali," young people have someplace to go after school, provided they hit the books as hard as the bags.

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