‘Gloves Not Guns’ hopes to protect youth from violence
"Most kids want to be tough, but there's got to be a balance. There's got to be a positive way."
MACON, Georgia(41NBC/WMGT) — Two Macon men are hosting an event to help keep kids off the streets and safe inside the ring.
The first ‘Gloves Not Guns’ is an event designed for the community to watch boxing matches or learn how to join a boxing group.
Event organizers hope this will help youth realize what they can accomplish if they just put their mind to it.
“Know it’s a vision, that we are trying to bring to the city of Macon,” event host Earnest Butts said. “We’re trying to stop gun violence. We’re trying to get kids off the street, let them know about programs.”
Butts says he hopes boxing will teach the kids discipline.
“Most kids want to be tough,” he said. “But there’s got to be a balance. There’s got to be a positive way, and that’s what I’m bringing.”
Ray Rover, director of Heritage at Houston United Methodist Church, is providing the space to host the event. He also runs the ‘Street to Success’ program at the church. He recalls losing 13 boys to gun violence.
“There’s a future for every young man here if they just put the guns down, put away the violence, put away the gangs and put away all the trappings that come along with not living your life to the fullest,” Rover said.
Trayvion Butts, a professional boxer, hopes kids will come out to watch something they can get involved with.
“Boxing will give them something to do,” he said. “Keep them off the streets each and every day.”
The event is September 11 at 3 p.m. For more information on how to register, call (478)319-1502.