Fresno PAL boxing gym set to return after 3 years

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer recalled how the gym used to serve the neighborhood, with nearly 50 students participating in the pre-fire boxing program.

CalViva Health and Fresno City Council contributed $ 35,000 in knockout donations to help complete the Romain Community Center once again.

“This is a widely used facility for our youth to have something positive to come and the neighborhood you see around us is a bit harsh,” Luis Chavez told the Fresno City Council. “I know because in the 1980s, my family and I lived in the Belmont and Fresno area.”

City members attributed much of the success of the gym to retired drug officer Pete Santellano and community volunteer Rita Ramirez, who began developing a strong PAL Boxing Program in 2008.

“We are running a really disciplined program,” Pete said. “I never had a fight in the gym waiting for the ring, no arguing. We had all sorts of gang members, but we also kept these kids from 8-18.”

The collaboration was a huge success with 14 US national boxing titles, proving that the gym is a local treasure.

“Children from these neighborhoods participating in our PAL boxing program are much less likely to engage in any kind of criminal activity, they do better in school,” Dyer said.

Registrations and start dates for the PAL boxing program have not yet been announced, but officials say the gym will be in use this summer!

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