Boxing w/ Down Syndrome

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Lauren Gates and Jonathan Gainey co-founded Down To Box, a boxing program for people with Down syndrome. Their nonprofit helps students strengthen their coordination, balance, and confidence – both inside the ring and out.

A Special Chance to Get in the Ring

Delaware Beach Life – Winter 2022
by Maddy Lauria

Every Tuesday evening, Wilson Sharp eagerly puts on his backpack and waits by the door for his mom to drive him 35 minutes or so to Flex World Fitness in Georgetown. The Milford resident isn’t jonesing for just any workout. He, along with about half a dozen other young adults from southern Delaware, is gearing up for what his mother describes as “the highlight of his week”: the Down to Box program

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Delaware Boxing Class for Those with Down Syndrome Takes Off

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:47AM
By: Tom Kretschmer,

Jonathan Gainey has 14 years of experience in personal training and has worked with hundreds of clients and taught numerous fitness classes. But his favorite class to teach is the one nearest to his heart.

“I like to think it’s a testament to how long they’ve been with me and my class. They come in and their smiles never fade,” said Gainey.

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Down To Box Empowers People with Down Syndrome

Jul 15, 2022 / 12:00 AM EDT
by: D. Malik, PHL17 NEWS

There’s a boxing program in Delaware designed to empower people with down syndrome. It’s called Down to Box — a weekly program that builds skills in coordination, self-defense and physical fitness. PHL17’s Alex Butler went to Knockout Boxing and Fitness to learn more about it. For more info go to:

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

From an article appearing online on

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.

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Nonprofit Teams Up With Tulsa Gym To Teach Boxing To Adults, Children With Down Syndrome

From an article appearing online on News On 6 ( in Tulsa, OK.

Wednesday, August 18th 2021, 5:33 pm
By: Sawyer Buccy

TULSA, Oklahoma – A nationwide nonprofit that helps kids and adults with down syndrome learn boxing skills has come to Green Country.

Coaches at 99 BXNG said they are thrilled to bring this opportunity to the Tulsa community…

Next week they’re starting a program that will teach kids and adults with Down Syndrome boxing skills.

“If you put boxing gloves on anyone, they suddenly have a different way of standing, a different way of carrying themselves,” said Lauren Gates with Down to Box…

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Local gym partners with organizations to offer boxing classes for children, adults with Down syndrome

From an article appearing online on WHIO TV7 ( in Kettering, OH.

February 13, 2021
By WHIO Staff

KETTERING — A local gym partnered with the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association and “Down to Box,” a national non-profit, to offer fitness and boxing to children and adults in the Dayton area.

TITLE Boxing in Kettering launched the program and held their first classes today.

Children between the ages of 6 and 12 had class at 11 a.m. Another class was held at 12:15 p.m. for those 13 and older…

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