Anti-violence program would use boxing and mentoring to reach Indy youth

INDIANAPOLIS -- A local barber and a former heavyweight boxing champion want to start a program for Indianapolis teens to help curb the crime problem in the city.

Jomo Cole is a barber and he also operates Circle City Gaming Center. He and Lamon Brewster, along with Paul Thomas are working to get the project off the ground.  

“We’re trying to utilize everything we can to save lives out here,” said Cole. “There are too many killings in the last month.”

Boxing is just one of the things that Cole, Thomas and Brewster will be using to mentor youth in Indianapolis.

“All of this is to try to help our youth, our tomorrow,” said Brewster. “One day these kids are going to be making decisions for us. We gotta make sure we at least plant the seed in their head to make the right decisions with.”

The trio wants to combine their efforts in one building, although they’re still looking for the right location. 

Money for the facility will come from grants and fundraisers.

There will also be a charity basketball game at Municipal Gardens between the youth and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on April 21.

“Once we get that space and start implementing these programs the city is going to be wonderful,” said Cole.

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