Discuss as:

Detroit's Downtown Boxing Club offers kids academic tutoring and boxing training

Sometimes life imitates art. These pictures resonate for me because they remind me of one of my favorite television shows, HBO's "The Wire". The character Dennis "Cutty" Wise (played by actor Chad Coleman) sets up an inner city boxing program for ghetto kids. Video clip at the bottom of this post.

David Guralnick, Detroit News

Fifteen-year-old Shante Higgs waits for her turn to spar at the Downtown Boxing Club in Detroit. The gym offers a youth program that serves about 30 students ages 8-18, who get valuable after-school academic tutoring and boxing training — all for free. It's the brainchild of trainer Khali Muhammad and Scott Smith, who work with the students from 4-6:30 p.m. each day.

David Guralnick, Detroit News

Seven-year-old Stormi Johnson, center, takes part in a group lesson at the Downtown Boxing Club in Detroit.

David Guralnick, Detroit News

Eleven-year-old Christian White practices with a punching bag at the Downtown Boxing Club in Detroit.

David Guralnick, Detroit News

Thirteen-year-old Cortez Todd, right, spars with head trainer Khali Muhammad at the Downtown Boxing Club in Detroit.