Athletic League (PAL)
2006, the South
Bend Police Department Athletic League was re-launched, with the startup of the
Bend Police Boxing Club.
Bend Police Department Chief Darryl Boykins and Pastor Verneil Lewis of Grace
Community Baptist Church have paired “in the ring” to bring the new South Bend
Police Boxing Club to inner city boys and girls, ages 10-18. This free program
matches cops and kids in a sports mentoring program showcasing the skills and
self discipline of boxing.
Hand-in hand with the SBPD Chief’s “Enough
is Enough” anti-violence campaign during the summer of 2006, the Boxing Club
was born out of a need to encourage young people to value peaceful and positive
ways to resolve differences or frustrations. It’s a way for youths to put down
violence and death—and put on the boxing gloves for a better life.
Grace Community Baptist Church Center
749 Harrison Avenue South
Bend, IN 46634
Monday 5-7 p.m.
Boykins says “Boxing is more than a sport. It’s an art form and something that
can teach kids to better
responsibility and self-control.” This boxing/ sparring workout and supervised
sportsmanship is a healthy way for youth to not only keep in shape but to also
build self esteem.
To Make a Donation or Volunteer please contact:
Bend Police Dept. Chief Darryl Boykins