SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -- Time is running out for a local boxing gym that's been helping inner-city youth get back on the right track.
The owner of the gym was given sudden notice that he had to be out of the building by the New Year. David Mario Ramos is hoping he doesn't have to throw in the towel just yet.
Ramos has been helping so many children through the years but now, he needs help himself to keep the ring open.
Ramos, "we have an after school meal program where a lot of youth come. We get them out of the street, we build a good relationship, we teach them how to box, and they stay out of trouble."
Ramos owns State Street Boxing Gym in Salt Lake City. It's a non-profit organization, focused on forging future stars in boxing and in life.
Michelle Maya, "that helped me a lot, not only that, it helped me to grow and helped me to be a more civilized person, because I want to focus on boxing. This is a lot of discipline, and when you want to box, it helps you to be disciplined."
Michelle Maya is in her last year of high school and thanks to the training, she's doing well in class and setting her sights on a new goal!
Maya, "to go to the Olympics of 2020."
In the past 8 years, thousands of young people have put on boxing gloves as beginners in sport, but they've excelled in life, through discipline and growing self-esteem.
Ramos, who's been in the corner for all these children, through the years, now needs help himself in order to keep the ring open and to continue his cause of helping children.
"we have to leave this building before January 1st. It was a sudden warning and closing it is not an option for me. I need to keep these guys in a safe environment and continue with the programs."
Ramos is not ready to throw in the towel just yet, he says real estate agents are helping him find a new building but so far nothing.
"I use a lot of my money to keep it open because I love working with youth."
Maya "it is what he does, he helps children, because at one point in my life I was like this, and he helped me a lot, like helping these children and not charging them."
To volunteer or to donate to state street boxing go to: http://www.statestreetboxing.org.
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