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Helping Each Other: The Downtown Boxing Gym is staying Detroit-tough in tough times

Posted at 6:25 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 19:25:43-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Help comes in so many ways and acts of kindness can go so far. It can change a mood and ignite an incredible cause.

In our new segment called "Helping Each Other," 7 Action News Reporter Andrea Isom shows us how people are staying Detroit-tough in tough times.

“We’ve got to continue the work that we started," says Khali Sweeney, founder of the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit. "We started out educating the kids in the community, making sure they a safe place to go, food, and all the things that they need. Just because it’s a crisis, that doesn’t mean that we stop doing what we have to do. The need is still there.”

The world knows his name now because of his commitment to empowering young people. Khali proudly carries the children of this city on his back because he wants them to be the very best they can be in mind, body and spirit!

So the DBG family came together to make care packages for the kids and their families. In them are food, items to meet their basic needs and academic packets as well.

"We don’t want our kids to fall behind, after they did so much progress in the first place," Khali said. "It’s like one big neighborhood. It’s like one big community. If one of us fail, we all fail. It’s just being a part of a family. I couldn’t give back without our community."

Like his loyal partners that have been there from the beginning, Supinos Pizzeria is one of them.

Now, that the restaurant industry is having a rough time. The DBG family is paying it forward and buying so many pizzas they can’t even keep count.

So, everything was loaded into vans and delivered from house to house, to families with love!

“There are people out there who really need it. I really thank them for that,” says a grateful young man.

And that kind of gratitude was seen all around! That is what “Helping Each Other” is all about! To help the Downtown Boxing Gym keep this mission going, visit

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