Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and State Athletic Control Board Commissioner Larry Hazzard Sr. have announced that they are awarding a $65,000 grant to the Atlantic City Police Athletic League for an after-school boxing program to provide 20 young residents with boxing and fitness training, as well as life skills development.

According to a press release, the grant will allow for educational, social, and recreational programs three days per week from 3:30 to 6:30 in the afternoon for 20 boys and girls from Atlantic City between the ages of 11 and 15.

In addition to learning boxing skills, children will receive fitness training and instruction in health, nutrition, and wellness. They also will participate in a series of monthly life skills and career development workshops.

Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White, Jr., said, “I would like to thank the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for this funding opportunity. With the additional money, we will be able to expand our youth boxing program here at PAL. Our theme at ACPD is, the more we invest in our youth, the more we are investing in our future."

“The $65,000 we are awarding to this boxing and life skills program is an investment in 20 young people and the promise each of them holds if their best qualities are nurtured. It’s an investment in building a safer Atlantic City, not by making more arrests, but by encouraging young residents to choose healthy recreation over the street...", said Grewal.

The program is being funded with a one-year $65,000 grant from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, provided through the State Athletic Control Board. The grant will fund six part-time staff members for the program, as well as supplies and services.

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