In 2004, Sally Hazelgrove, founder of Crushers Club, surveyed many gang-affiliated youth in Englewood, asking them what would get them off the streets. Boxing was the top response, becoming Crushers Club’s first programming platform. Today, boxing training, a music studio and a leadership and mentoring program are the core platforms of the Club. Since 2013 over 350 youths have joined Crushers Club, including over 90 young people who have been justice-involved.
For many of our members, music is a way to express their feelings, frustrations, hopes and dreams. We teach our members how to write lyrics, compose music, record and publish their work. We give them a platform for expression and they work on their talents.
Leadership and mentoring
Respect and love is the core of all our programs. We want our members to help the next generation of crushers and care for one another. Our mentoring program encourages older members to teach and guide younger crushers.