Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

Through education, athletics, mentorship, and intervention, Downtown Boxing Gym empowers Detroit youth to be positive and productive members of society.


About Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program (DBG) opened its doors in 2007. Since that time, founder Khali Sweeney and his team have provided a free, after-school, safe-haven for Detroit youth between the ages of 8 and 18. From humble beginnings in a former car wash with only a handful of students, DBG has grown to currently serve 150 boys and girls, in a renovated printing press. The philosophy behind their motto ‘Books before Boxing’ has encouraged 275 high school graduates and continues to help maintain a 100% high school graduation rate.

DBG’s mission is to empower Detroit youth to become positive and productive members of society, through education, athletics, mentoring, and intervention. They do so Monday through Friday, all year long, with a powerful combination of tutoring, academic intervention, enrichment programming, career exposure, college and career readiness, athletics, and community service. Their team provides transportation from school and back home each evening, as well as a daily snack and evening meal. Through countless partnerships, they’re able to provide field trips to science and history museums, art institutions, professional sports events, and cultural exchange programs.

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