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In this episode of “Spokes People,” we head over to the 48205 ZIP code for a look at Matrix Human Services Center’s midnight boxing program, which enlists kids on the east side to take boxing lessons and compete statewide.

“We saw this need where kids needed something to do after hours,” Ken Brown, director of the Matrix Center, says. “We needed to have a safe place for them.”

Boxing nights at the Matrix Center run from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with the mentality of steering kids away from places where the only things open are liquor stores where you can buy loosies and blunt papers. 
 

“He’s been doing a lot better with his grades, with his discipline ... as far as his attitude and stuff like that, you see a big difference.”

Anthony Payne, Jr., has been boxing at Matrix for only a year, but already his father has noticed an improvement in character and morale. “He’s been doing a lot better with his grades, with his discipline ... as far as his attitude and stuff like that, you see a big difference.”

“Spokes People” airs on Comcast Channel 21. Watch a livestream of Channel 21 here.