Kids participating in the Cambridge Police Boxing Program paused for a photo at a recent training session. Photo courtesy Cambridge Police.
Police are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the rapidly growing Cambridge Police Boxing Program this month.
The youth program that started with four teenagers in March of 2011 has now grown to 84 members and adds more kids each week, according to Cambridge Police.
“Our boxing program has been extremely successful,” said Cambridge Police Officer John Jones, who runs the program, in a press release Wednesday.
Jones said the program has an average of 17 to 25 teens participating in sessions held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The free program has helped police develop meaningful relationships with many families and with several state and local agencies specializing in the care of children and families, he said.
The Cambridge Police Department of Youth & Family Services Unit collaborates with the Cambridge YMCA to run the program.
The program is open to Cambridge kids ages 13 and up with individual workout times running from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA, followed by group training from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information on the program or to sign up, contact Jones at 617-349-9380 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.