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The Harvey Boxing Club

Restoration Ministries' Harvey Boxing Club trains at-risk, underprivileged boys and girls ages 8 to 18 to be champions in the ring and in life. At the Harvey Boxing Club, at-risk youth learn the sport of boxing while they develop discipline, self-motivation and confidence. The club motto is "It's better to sweat in the gym than bleed in the streets." The boxing club was founded by Restoration Ministries in 2002 and is part of its gang prevention program called Project Intercept.

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Harvey House Boxing Club

Alex Martin Jr Fighting for a future with a mighty punch
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Alex Martin Jr In The Chicago Tribune
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Mariusz Kaczmarczyk va Alex Martin
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2010 National Silver Gloves Final Zimmie Dickinson vs. Jose Solorio
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The Harvey Boxing Club is home to national, regional and state champions. Below is a list of our recent title winners.

Home of 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves Champions

  • Alex Martin - 141 lbs
  • Joe McDaye - 139 lbs

Home of 2009 Ringside World Champions

  • Alex Martin - 152 lbs
  • Keelan Miskell - 132 lbs
  • Steve Cooley - 165 lbs

Home of 2009 National PAL Champion

  • Alex Martin - 152 lbs

Home of 2009 National Jr Olympic Bronze Medalist

  • Alfredo Solorio - 60 lbs
  • We Rachal - 65 lbs
  • Jabari Adams - 60 lbs
  • Khalid Muhammad - 90 lbs
  • Deuce Rachal - 168 lbs
  • Dezaree Negrette - 145 lbs
  • Dedre Jeffries - 125 lbs
  • Stephanie Kotarski - 105 lbs

Home of 2009 Silver Gloves State & Region Champions

  • Armani Leggette - 70 lbs
  • Jose Solorio - 85 lbs
  • Ricky Adams - 90 lbs
  • Cristian Williams - 100 lbs
  • Frankie Agnew - 119 lbs
  • Robert Calvin - 165 lbs

Home of 2009 IL Jr Olympic Champions

  • Alfredo Solorio - 60 lbs
  • We Rachal - 65 lbs
  • Khalid Muhamad - 85 lbs
  • Raul Sanchez - 85 lbs
  • Carlton Tyson - 106 lbs
  • Dewone Johnson - 125 lbs
  • Jordan Walker - 132 lbs
  • Earnest Muhammad - 132 lbs
  • Anthony Perez - 139 lbs
  • Deuce Rachal - 154 lbs
  • John Wiley - hw

2008 National Champions

  • 2008 Ringside World Champion: Alex Martin, 152lbs
  • 2008 Junior Golden Gloves National Champion: >Jose Arambula, 125lbs

2008 Illinois Junior Olympic Champions

  • Armani Leggette - 65 lbs
  • Ricky Adams - 75 lbs
  • Raul Gonzales - 80 lbs
  • Antwon Leach - 80 lbs
  • Harry Osborne - 85 lbs
  • Jose Arambula - 125 lbs
  • Deuce Rachel - 138 lbs
  • Anthony Perez - 138 lbs
  • Eric Hudson - 154 lbs

To join the Harvey Boxing Club, call 708-333-8353.  Members pay $30.00 for a USA Boxing license and $20 monthly dues.


The idea for the Harvey Boxing Club was born when Nate Skoda, a former Golden Glovers boxer who was a resident of Restoration Ministries’ Harvey House, a Christian training facility for recovering addicts, was sparring in the yard at Harvey House with another resident. They immediately attracted a crowd of young boys who watched with excitement and interest. The kids wanted to try on the gloves and learn to box themselves and asked Nate to teach them. The next day Nate approached Dr. John Sullivan, founder and chairman of the board of Restoration Ministries, and presented his idea to start a boxing club for kids in Harvey as part of Project Intercept. Dr. Sullivan liked the idea and went to the board that approved this new initiative. They immediately began fundraising efforts and looking for a location for the Club.

In November of 2001, Restoration Ministries purchased a 10,000 square foot building from the city of Harvey that had been Police Department’s garage. After extensive renovations, half of the building was turned into a state-of-the-art boxing gym and the other half became the Gallery of the Arts, a visual and performing arts education center for children in grades 3 to 12.