Lowell Police Open Youth Services Boxing Center

LOWELL — The Lowell Police Youth Services Program recently opened a new facility for its youth boxing program, thanks to the generous support of community partners.

With donations from the Constable Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund, a grant from the Shannon Community Safety Initiative of the State Executive Office of Public Safety and others, the new facility includes a new ring full-size boxing, new training equipment and new gym equipment.

The Lowell Police Youth Services Boxing Club is free for city residents ages 10-18. During the summer, the club meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Lowell Police Youth Boxing Club offers the opportunity to learn about boxing from volunteer coaches and mentors, including legendary Lowell boxing trainer Jackie O’Neill, while enjoying a form-enhancing activity physique, confidence and coordination.

Lowell Police employees who volunteer for the program include Officer Dominic Lessieur, who is a former Golden Gloves champion, former Golden Gloves champion and retired city employee Keith Rudy, Officer retired Billy Callahan, officers Emmanuel Antonetty, Jonathan Rivera, Alec Golner, Christal Downs and Emaly Bouasri, as well as Sgt. Mike Marshall.

About 75 students participated in the club, which borrowed space from the Doughboy Wrestling Club as organizers worked to find a more permanent home.

In late June, the department held a groundbreaking ceremony for the official opening of the new gymnasium, on the second floor of the Luso-American Lowell Youth Center on Central Street.

Funding for the grant to pay for space rental was provided by the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, which also provided funds for new heavy bags, speed bags and boxer safety gear.

The program is a multi-pronged approach to addressing community gang and youth violence issues using five strategic areas: social intervention, suppression, opportunity provision, organizational change, and community mobilization.

The Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund provided funds for the purchase of a full-size boxing ring, weights and cardio equipment, and food and beverages for the ceremony.

Additional support was provided by Nationwide Tile owner Branco Perego who donated and installed rubber flooring in the gymnasium. Chris Ortiz of MCC Construction helped locate the space in the Youth Center. The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Citywide Properties, Central Plaza Realty and the Portuguese American Youth Center also provided support.

“It took the efforts of so many people to be able to open the doors to our boxing gym,” Acting Police Superintendent Barry Golner said in a statement. “I’m proud of how the Town of Lowell consistently comes together to support youth activities. »

The core values ​​of the Lowell Police Department are painted on the walls of the gymnasium: integrity, respect, responsibility, knowledge, sanctity of life and community.

“They’re there to remind those involved in our program that our core values ​​are societal values ​​and are consistent regardless of what profession or path you take in life,” Golner said. “This installation is an important step in the police department’s commitment to building bridges and relationships with the youth of the town of Lowell.”

Retired MIT Police Sgt. Richard Sullivan, who worked with Collier, also spoke. Collier was an MIT officer who died in a standoff with Boston Marathon suicide bombers in April 2013, following the bombing. Sullivan said the Collier Memorial Fund is planning more projects in Lowell, including some involving the Lowell Police Youth Services program.

“We would like to help the city as much as possible to keep these kids happy and off the streets,” Sullivan said. “We’re going to be at Lowell for a very long time.”

Mayor Sokhary Chau also spoke briefly and State Rep. Rady Mom D-Lowell presented a citation from the House of Representatives congratulating the department on opening the facility. Centralville Councilman Corey Robinson and retired police superintendent Kelly Richardson also attended.

Marshall, officer in charge of the Lowell Police Youth Services Program, led club members through a demonstration of their warm-ups and drills. He said the new facility will be a place in Lowell where young people can find positive interaction and influence.

“It’s a place for them to grow and a place for them to learn,” Marshall said.

For more information about Youth Boxing Club membership, email [email protected]

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