Boxing program aiming to empower people with Down syndrome punches on and beyond Delaware

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Monday, July 11th 2022
By: Esteban Parra, Delaware News Journal

On any given Tuesday, one can find Torie Moore at the gym — gloves on and ready to box.

From the punching bag to a practice round with trainer Jonathan Gainey, the 30-year-old woman seems immersed in the boxing culture for the hour she is at the gym.

“I love everything about boxing,” Moore said as she and her friend, Rachel Rhea, left Knockout Boxing and Fitness, a Newark-area gym where people with Down syndrome participate in Down to Box — a weekly program that builds skills in coordination, self-defense and physical fitness.

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