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About

BOXING & EDUCATION

"No Hooks Before Books!"

Umar’s facility includes an athletic area as well as a classroom area (seven (7) station PC lab) providing at-risk children a safe environment to master athletic and educational skills. Umar’s staff includes certified Baltimore City educators and certified USA boxing trainers.

While there are boxing gyms throughout inner city communities as well as youth centers, Umar’s combination of boxing and education under the same roof is rare. This combination is the key to our success and is our enduring motto of “No Hooks before Books!” Boxing is an important draw that attracts “hard-to-reach” children to the program. Once enrolled in the program, we convince every student that superior school performance is a foremost goal.

A SAFE HAVEN

since 1996

OUR PROGRAM

Umar has provided a centralized 12-month safe haven for at-risk Baltimore City children since 1996. The program, located in the Druid Heights Community of Baltimore City, serves approximately forty five (45) children between the ages of 8 to 18. Umar operates as an after-school program during the school year and offers various camp opportunities in the summer.

USA BOXING

A registered facility with certified trainers

Umar is a registered facility with USA Boxing, the sport’s national governing body that is responsible for the administration, development and promotion of Olympic-style boxing in the United States. Boxers are supervised and trained by USA Boxing certified trainers.

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FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MR. MARVIN McDOWELL

Umar’s Executive Director, Mr. Marvin McDowell, started the program to provide hope and opportunity to Baltimore City’s at-risk children. Marvin is a former professional boxer and member of Maryland’s Boxing Hall of Fame. Marvin grew up in Baltimore City and experienced the same travails challenging Baltimore’s chidren today, violent crime, rampant drug use and inadequate education. As a result of his work at Umar, Marvin received the 1st annual Howard P. Rawlings Community Service Award presented at the Governor’s Annual Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.