In conjunction with the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Merced County Activities League (MCSAL), the 51 FIFTY Boxing Gyms were opened as part of the “Gloves Not Drugs” campaign. The mission of the programs is to provide a safe place for at-risk youth to go after school.
Four gyms are currently in operation (Atwater, Livingston, Delhi and Planada) with more planned for the future. There is no cost for students to attend, although they must not have any grades lower than a “C” on their report cards.
The gyms are run and maintained with the help of amazing and dedicated volunteers without whom none of this would be possible!