TONS OF NEWS!
Something is always going on at Norwayne Boxing Gym. Take a look at these recent happenings! And better yet, stop in at the gym and be a part of it all. Come box! Workout! Do your homework! Become a leader! Win!
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Norwayne Boxing Gym Update
Norwayne Boxing Gym remains closed until we can safely resume boxing. Check out our virtual offerings!
In Memoriam: Damon Weaver
We had a young man with us, Damon Weaver, who was one of the original participants of Norwayne Boxing
Damon was a kind soul who realized once he had flunked out of high school, that he needed help getting his life back together.
He walked into a friend's class at Wayne Memorial High School to talk to him about this boxing gym he had heard about that could possibly help him. When the teacher asked what he was doing, if he was in the class, Damon was honest and said no but he needed to talk to his friend to find out a solution to his problem.
At that time the principal, Kevin Weber, noticed the determination and goodness in this young man and led him to Erskine Wade, lead coach of NBG.
Erskine also saw the good in Damon and befriended him instantly. With Erskine's help and the help of the community, Damon earned his GED, joined the National Guard and became an independent member of the community.
Through all that, he stayed a member of Norwayne Boxing. He valued the program to help himself grow physically & mentally as well as valued the ability to mentor younger members of the gym.
Not only was he recognized through the gym but also through community members including staff at Jefferson Barnes Community Vitality Center. Joanne Campbell, Director of Community Development, mentioned how you could always count on Damon to help with any community project, help anyone in need and contributed his time to any small deed that needed to be done.
This is a sad day to know last week Damon's young life came to a tragic end as he was killed in a car and motorcycle collision.
Although physically Damon was not the best boxer Norwayne Boxing has seen (2 losses, 1 win...his last fight!), but in the big picture of NBG's mission, he was the finest member the gym has seen to date.
Damon will be greatly lost but his legacy to be a leader and mentor to the program today lives on. Our prayers & support to his family for this tragic loss as well as to his friends in the community as a whole.
You will be missed Damon.
NORWAYNE BOXER WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Ryan Reed for winning the National USA Boxing Junior Olympic Qualifiers. This incredible accomplishment is the first time a Norwayne Boxing Gym boxer has achieved this title. He will be traveling to Denver for a two-week training program with boxers from all over the U.S. It's a life-changing, life-shaping experience that was possible because of everyone who contributes to Norwayne Boxing Gym, the volunteers and staff, as well as the hard work, dedication and focus of our champ Ryan Reed.
ANNUAL SUMMER RETREAT BROADENS HORIZONS
In August, founder Jeff Styers took Norwayne Boxing Gym's Elite team on a two-day lakeside retreat for boating, fishing, basketball, bonfires, flashlight tag and all the fun that goes with summer. Many had never been outside of Detroit, on a boat, or at a beach. The time away broadened their views of the world, prepared them for their futures and helped them see a life beyond the current struggles. The Elites included: D'Money, Mike, Val, LJ, Jaxson, Jirair, Jordon, Neigel, Ryan, J Thompson, Sean, Devon and AJ.
NORWAYNE FIGHTERS TAKE HOME WINS AT BRIDGES BEYOND BOXING TOURNAMENT
Norwayne Boxing Gym team members made a big impact at the 2019 Bridges Beyond Boxing event where Detroit talent and Irish boxers square off in a series of bouts. Watch the TV coverage here. Congrats to the winners who will be traveling to Ireland in May 2020 for the next championship. Norwayne Boxing Gym provides opportunities! Check out more photos here.
THANK YOU TO OUR "BEST OF MOTOWN" SPONSORS
A BIG THANK YOU to our tournament sponsors. Jeff Styers, founder, and Jan Mnich, director, proudly display the sponsor banner at the event. Without you this tournament would not have been possible. The impact you made in the lives of our kids is immeasurable! Their memories life long. You make all the difference!
COVID-19 PANDEMIC: UPDATE ON GYM RE-OPENING!
Norwayne Boxing Gym is excited to announce that they are planning to release a re-opening announcement soon! It's possible that everyone could be back hitting the heavy bags and attending the Learning Lab in no time. NBG will take all regulated precautions, and is dedicated now more than ever to their commitment of safety for all members. Watch for further announcements on social media!
SEVEN BOXERS WIN SILVER GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIP
A record seven boxers won Silver Glove medals at the recent state-wide tournament. Congratulations go to Ryan, Sean, Devin, D'monte, Jirair, Lavelle and Dionte. This huge accomplishment qualifies these young champs for the regional tournament and places Norwayne Boxing Gym as number one in the state in terms of wins. But wins take more than just training in the ring. They take maintaining good grades, staying out of trouble and committing to discipline, leadership and excellence. All things that help young people win in life and in the ring.
NORWAYNE BOXING GYM AND U of M TEAM UP TO WIN FORD GRANT
Norwayne Boxing Gym and University of Michigan partnered to prepare a submission for the Ford Blue Oval Network which awards $25,000 to ten candidates. The winning proposals will address identified community need in an innovative way. Stay tuned for updates on the use of these important funds!
NORWAYNE BOXING GYM STAGES AMATEUR TOURNY
Norwayne Boxing Gym's Best of Motown tournament brought together the regions best boxers and fans for a full day of competition. Six fighters competed and four took home belts. Contenders came from Detroit metro area, Toledo, and Chicago. More photos here!
"BEST OF MOTOWN" TOURNAMENT MAKES NEWS
Norwayne Boxing Gym was recently featured in the local press for the Best of Motown tournament. Four Norwayne fighters took home titles with one awarded Boxer of the Tournament.