TAMPA (FOX 13) - Dozens of kids were boxing up a storm inside Powerhouse Gym in Tampa Monday evening.
"We're teaching these kids about discipline, self-control, self-esteem, self-respect, respecting others," said Officer David Hancock.
The children, many from public housing gloved up for the first time, bringing back on old Police Athletic League tradition.
The new boxing program is made possible by a new partnership between the Tampa Housing Authority, the Police Athletic League, and Powerhouse Gym.
“To get exposed to something that they normally would've had the opportunity,” said Kevin Knox with the Tampa Housing Authority. “The motto we have for the kids is to be successful, preparation and opportunity equals success."
They are lessons the kids are learning first-hand.
“It is interesting, like it’s one of my favorite sports I like doing it,” said 12-year-old Cordall Brown.
“It is fun because your with your friends but at the same time you're learning,” offered Elani Dearmas, 10.
The program is free for the kids. They also receive educational support and healthy eating tips.
Trainer and Tampa police officer David Hancock says he sees a few stars in the making.
“I see it in some of these kids. They catch on quick, they a have gift about them, and we're watching it blossoming now,” Hancock said.
“If more people in the community give back, more positive things like this are good for the kids,” added Powerhouse co-owner Eddy Midyett.