Local gym partners with organizations to offer boxing classes for children, adults with Down syndrome

KETTERING — A local gym partnered with the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association and “Down to Box,” a national non-profit, to offer fitness and boxing to children and adults in the Dayton area.

TITLE Boxing in Kettering launched the program and held their first classes today.

Children between the ages of 6 and 12 had class at 11 a.m. Another class was held at 12:15 p.m. for those 13 and older.

In December, five trainers went through national certification to teach the program and a small demo training class was held, program leaders said in a press release.

The weekly class consists of high energy, engaging and targeted boxing training which is specifically catered towards individual needs and abilities of the participants.

“‘Down to Box’ empowers individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing them the tools to gain skills in coordination, self-defense and physical fitness through boxing techniques,” said spokespeople with “Down to Box.”

“Down to Box” was created after its leaders found that there were a lack of gyms qualified to work with the people with these disabilities.

Kettering is the tenth location for “Down to Box” in the nation and the second in Ohio. The other Ohio location is in Powell.