NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Members of the Hampton Roads boxing community are working to keep children away from the streets and gun violence.
More than a decade after the inaugural event, the 757’s second Gloves not Guns tournament took place on Saturday.
The event brings all seven cities together in Newport News in a community fundraiser in hopes of preventing gun violence. The goal is to encourage children and adults to find a local gym.
Now people want answers about a new center to keep children safe as we see an increase in local gun violence.
“This event is very important because, believe it or not, people who pick up guns…put down their guns, raise their hands, and live to fight another day.”
The boxing center was moved from Barraud Park, due to the opening of a casino in Norfolk, and then closed.
The City of Norfolk issued the following statement to News 3:
The Boxing Center, along with all recreation centers in the city, was closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. More recently, the city was approached by the Pamunkey Tribe to open a temporary location in the Boxing Center space. Negotiations on a new location for the boxing center are still ongoing and City Council will be updated as things are finalized.