Entrepreneurs committed to fixing schools

Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 17:17:17-04

News that more than a dozen Detroit Public Schools principals and a superintendent are accused of stealing money meant for the kids could discourage people from giving to the district.

But for the owners of one new gym, it only reinforces their decision to fight to make schools better in Detroit.

"All of us here at Detroit Tough were absolutely infuriated,” said Gary Bredow, Detroit Tough's co-owner.

The co-owner of Detroit Tough and the Gym's general manager Felix Nunley announced the day after the news, they are adopting Burton International Academy, which is located about a mile from their Corktown business.

They say they took a tour of the school and couldn’t believe what they saw. There was ripped up carpet, rodents, and Plexiglas missing from windows.

“They’re exposed to the elements. I can’t imagine bring in a classroom, fully bundled, trying to listen to a teacher,” said Nunley.

Felix says he is a Detroit Public Schools graduate. His schools were always in good shape.  He hates to see the deterioration.

You are invited to a fundraiser to help them carry out their mission to improve the school. It will be Saturday, May 14th from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at The Detroit Tough Gym. The cost of only $20.00 per person will include great food, beer and wine along with live entertainment. 

All money raised will not be given to the district. It will be spent directly on fixing problems in the school.

“How are you supposed to learn in an environment like that? It is unfair to these kids,” said Nunley.

For more information regarding the Burton International Academy Fundraiser, please visit or call 734-604-9790.

"Burton is just the start,” said Bredow.  "After Burton, we are on to the next school.”