Mark Peterson and the KXLY 4 Extreme Team are hard at work helping to turn a historic empty downtown building into a new home for the Spokane Boxing Club.
The Jefferson Building sits at the corner of 1st and Jefferson and has sat vacant for decades. Rick Welliver of the Spokane Boxing Club has hopes of turning it into a place of safety and new beginnings for at-risk teens.
“One thing Spokane needs is an inner-city youth boxing program ... [to get] some of these kids off the streets and put them in a position to do something and feel like they're a part of something," Welliver said.
But the transformation is no easy task as the crew so far has installed new electrical, walls and doors in just the first few days. Thousands of dollars in supplies and labor have been donated to turn this old building into a new boxing studio.
To show you the impact Welliver has on the community, Spokane Indians owner Bobby Brett was watching KXLY Monday night when a segment on the Spokane Boxing Club aired and was inspired to show up Tuesday to pitch in and help.
“Rick Welliver is a friend of mine for whatever and I didn't know the project was going so I'm on my little walk/run today and I brought my workout stuff ready to work but Mark is trying to hog all of the work,' Brett said.
Among the other volunteers working on the project are students of Rick's who have had their lives changed by him, as well as others who have never met him but recognize how important this boxing studio is to our community.