As summer break gets closer, a new program is taking shape to steer kids away from trouble.
It’s a direct response to murders and violence involving teens happening in and around Cleveland.
Damien Parker is the organizer behind the ‘Gloves Not Guns.’ The program will be offering a full year of boxing and mixed martial arts training for children.
Parker said too many kids are missing a sense of family, and he doesn’t want them turning to gangs, drugs or guns.
He’s tired of seeing murders and videos of teens fighting going viral.
Parker joined forces with Old School Iron Gym in Brook Park and DNA Level C Boxing Club in Cleveland to offer the scholarships. His friends John Mcginnis, TJ Slomka, and Ra’Sheen Ali have joined the effort.
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