The Cronin Law Firm takes community responsibility seriously. That’s why this year we’ve decided to work with the Downtown Boxing Gym this holiday season and support their amazing efforts in education, mentorship, and physical fitness. Here’s a quote from the gym:
The Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG Detroit) is a free academic and athletic program on Detroit’s east side, providing tutoring, mentorship, college and career readiness, meals, transportation, social-emotional skills building, athletics, and more, Monday-Friday, all year round. We serve 150 boys and girls, ages 8-18, from 30 different zip codes and 57 schools across Detroit and nearby suburbs. We are proud to have a 100-percent high school graduation rate since 2007 when we opened our doors.
COVID-19 poses huge challenges for our students, families, and our entire community. Our children have lost loved ones, their parents have lost jobs, many families don’t have computers, or food, or the resources they need, and the list goes on. From the moment the pandemic hit, the DBG team has worked diligently to tackle every challenge. We are delivering emergency food and supplies, distributing computers and hot spots to the best of our ability, providing tutoring and workouts both virtually and in-person, and we’ve expanded our hours to full days (7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) to better meet the needs of our students and families, all while following strict health and safety guidelines including temperature checks, mandatory masks, and students in smaller groups.
All of this requires additional staff and the funds to support the teachers we need. We know that K-8 students average 100 minutes per day of math and language arts when in school. When students miss just a few days, let alone months of school, their brains lose momentum and memory. We are also supporting our students’ social-emotional needs. They’ve experienced loss, fear, concern about missing SAT preparation, and nervousness about their junior or senior years in high school.
For all of these reasons and so many more, we greatly appreciate your support. A gift to DBG is the gift of a bright future for every child we serve. We train kids for life. Learn more at dbgdetroit.org.