- Faith & Family
In every community children are exposed to various activities, some more constructive than others. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”, one speaker said last Friday, as the Coconut Grove community came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening of the PAL (police athletic league) boxing gym at 3686 Grand Avenue.
“We are here particularly to give this to the children so they will have a safe place to play,” said Delrish Lamar Moss,46, City of Miami Police major.
The first gym was originally opened in 1983 and was available for youth training for more than a decade. Many of the children that trained at the gym grew up to have successful careers in many professions. The gym bred professional boxers, police officers and other types of productive citizens.
“This means a great deal to me because I believe in the youth and I believe that the youth need some kind of vehicle to groom themselves,” said Khalilah Camacho Ali, former wife of famed greatest of all time boxer, Muhammad Ali. “They can’t do it in the streets. The best way to groom themselves is to keep their minds focused on the direction of discipline.”
James Perkins, a 15-years-old Coconut Grove native said that he is eager to try his hand at boxing at the gym.
“I have boxed a few times but I really want to take it seriously now,” he said. “I love boxing. Some of my greatest heroes are boxers. In this sport I learned a lot of things that have helped to keep me out of trouble and I only want to get better.”
PAL is a charitable organization and is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Solicitation of Contributions Section. As a non-profit, Miami PAL relies on the donations from everyday citizens and corporations to provide the resources to keep youth active, productive and safe.
By Randy Grice