Crushers Featured on CNN's Great Big Story!

South Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is a notoriously difficult place to grow up in. Faced with poverty, drug use and systemic violence, childhood here is fraught with uncertainty. But at Crushers Club, a boxing gym founded in 2013, kids can be kids. Here, hard work and play hold equal weight. Here, young people choose allegiance to one another instead of to gangs. 

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Crushers featured in The Field Foundation Biennial Report

We’re honored to be a featured grantee with a two-page article in The Field Foundation’s 2017-18 biennial report, and the foundation has generously increased their support of Crushers Club for 2019. As we say in the report, through contributions from The Field Foundation and other valued donors, “we are giving youth what they need most - a chance.”

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Our Halloween Fundraiser is tomorrow!

Crushers Club’s mission is to be the strongest alternative to gangs in one of the roughest neighbourhoods in Chicago. Your generosity and attention help us arm young people with the support and skills they need to restore their lives and improve their neighborhood.

Over the last year, we achieved a lot of our goals and made a great impact on the lives of the young people in Englewood. We are excited and proud to share details about last year’s successes and the future of the Crushers Club.

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Ivry Hall

Check out this 10 minute film about Ivry Hall, a Crushers Club boxer, who has dealt with many challenges to become a top boxer and valedictorian of his high school class. Crushers Club provides an alternative to gangs for boys living in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

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A Heartfelt Thank You

A few weeks ago our van was vandalized, so we started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for a new vehicle. Our generous donors exceeded our expectations! Within a few weeks, we were able to raise $9,000. To all who donated, you rock!

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Hard work is paying off

May is graduation time and we are very happy to let you know that all the hard work is paying off for our members. Ivry Hall is graduating High School as the class valedictorian and will be attending Alabama State in the fall while pursuing a career in law enforcement and a spot in the 2020 Olympics for boxing. Martavier Lover is also graduating from High School and plans to attend community college while working at the same time! 

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Crushers invited to train with PFL fighters.

On Wednesday the 20th of June, seventeen Crushers were invited to participate in an open workout organized by the Professional Fighters League outside the Iconic Chicago Theater. Crushers hit the mat with PFL Fighter Brian Foster and had the chance to learn a few moves from Olympic champion Kayla Harrison.  You can watch a short video from the event here.

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Job Fair

Yesterday we took 5 Crushers to the 12th District Job Fair. They made such a great impression and we were very proud of them! They each filled out 5 applications and handed out their resumes! 

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