Detroit boxing gym owner helps kids keep up with schoolwork

“GMA” sponsor Lay’s is celebrating Khali Sweeney of the Downtown Boxing Gym for helping students access virtual learning amid the pandemic through its “Everyday Smilers” campaign.
2:20 | 09/24/20

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We are back now with a boxing coach who refuses to stop fighting for the children of his community. This segment is sponsored by lays whose smile with lays campaign is honoring people across our nation who promote positive change. Reporter: In the downtown boxing gym in Detroit, Michigan, young people are hitting the bags hard, but are hitting the books even harder. When I saw a need for it in our community, our kids are just super far behind. The people that are in our program are people who come from some pretty rough neighborhoods. The schools that they are attending, they are underfunded. Just a few miles down the road, you'll see all the thriving homes. The difference in wealth and resources is obvious. The school systems are not equal. It's the same situation when I was a kid. I dropped out of school, and I wanted to change that. What makes the shh sound? S-h, yep. Reporter: For more than a decade before covid-19, Colin Sweeney and his team fought to level the playing field. We have all the education stuff here. Reading intervention, math intervention. We go back to the basics so a kid can be successful. My name is Bernard Robinson Jr., and with tests I kept getting low grades because I couldn't understand the questions or even read them. Now I have a few colleges that I'm thinking about applying to, and I'm really confident in myself that I will be able to get in. I want to major in electrical engineer. Reporter: When the pandemic hit, Sweeney refused to let anyone fall behind. Three push-ups, go. Reporter: Offering online workouts and virtual learning. Even providing computers to students who didn't have one. A lot of people are just working off their phone when it's only one cell phone in the house. This kid is now stuck between a rock and a hard place. Reporter: For rolling with lives a punches, Sweeney is being honored by lays smiles. The incredible stories are written on the back with up to $1 million in proceeds going to operation smile. All of them changing lives, and strengthening their communities. Those everyday smilers were nominated by friends and family, and those special bags of lays are on shelves now so you can

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