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Boxing gym builds dreams outside the ring

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Boxing gym builds dreams outside the ring Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:06:00 +0000 Boxing gym builds dreams outside the ring Boxing gym builds dreams outside the ring WBRE the rest of the week. ((nick)) a boxing gym in luzerne county is helping kids get off the streets -- and on the right track.((candice)) now leaders of the non-profit organization are trying to spread the word throughout the community. eyewitness news reporter kelly choate is here now with this inspirational story .. kelly? ((kelly)) good evening, nick and candice. from its humble begininngs inside a church basement -- pulpit boxing has grown to include up to 50 students -- three nights per week. but boxing is only a small part of this story -- that you can only see right here on eyewitness news. ((kelly))"boxing"pulpit boxing is the place to be after school in pittston. dozens of kids cram into this tiny gym on broad street -- and samuel washington shows them how to roll with the punches."coach pumping up kids" angel johnson"with this coach involved, yeah it's hard work (laughs) he tries to kill us! but it's worth it!"over the past seven years -- angel johnson has all but mastered his hooks and jabs. but for this teenager -- how his life changed outside the ring is what really matters. angel johnson"i was stealing, running around, doing things i wasn't supposed to."coach washington has strict rules -- there's no drinking -- no drug use -- even swearing isn't allowed here. the reverend from perspective church teaches them anti-bullying tactics and builds their self-esteem.angel johnson "where do you think you would be if you didn't have this right now in your life? probably jail."he has such a strong influence on these kids -- they don't call him coach -- they call him "dad".najeh white"everybody calls him dad because, well, he's our dad! our coach! he basically raises us at this gym!"rev. samuel washington"you just have no idea what could happen when these kids start thinking that maybe a dream is tangible." 11-year-old najeh white aspires to be the next floyd mayweather.najeh white"i got the speed, i got the footwork, i got all that, just like him!" ((kelly)) the coach told me he's trying to work with the mayor of pittston to try to expand the boxing gym -- and move it to main street in the city -- so he can host events there. live in the studio tonight -- kelly choate -- eyewitness news. ((candice)) thanks, kelly. pulpit boxing is a non- profit -- but the organization has a suggested donation of 35- dollars per month. head over to our website, p-a homepage dot com -- to find out how you can support the gym. ((nick)) more than 600 hundred

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