Old gym gets a new home - Tucson News Now

Old gym gets a new home

The Sixth Street Gym is a non-profit boxing group that helps troubled teens battling drugs and alcohol. The Sixth Street Gym is a non-profit boxing group that helps troubled teens battling drugs and alcohol.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson teens battling drugs and street life have a new place to take their fight. 

The old rec building is owned by the city, and through the years it has hosted child care, then the Police Activities League used to own it, then it used to be empty, but not anymore.

The Sixth Street Gym is a non-profit boxing group that helps troubled teens battling drugs and alcohol, the gym lost its old location on Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue.  Then they found this building, worked out an agreement with the city and started moving in.

Later today, the City Council will vote whether to officially approve the new renters.  The gym would be paying $550 a month, as it is the city's policy for non-profits to pay 25 percent of the market value. 

The Sixth Street Gym leaders say this is a much better space and will help them do a better job with the kids they work with.

"Everything good I've done with my life, I can contribute back to those men who were my mentors, taught me how to wrestle, coaches, athletics, it's just a great discipline and we're really excited about it," said Dr. Ed Torrejon, of the Sixth Street Gym.

There is also a kitchen inside the building, and they plan to make meals for homeless teens in the area.

The group's leaders say they are going to have to change their name to the Main Street Gym. 

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