Victory Boxing Club Building Officially Paid Off, People Gather For Celebration
OMAHA (FOX42KPTM) —
Sunday marks a new win for people at Victory Boxing Club in Omaha. After ten years the building that they use is finally paid off and now people at the club say it's time to celebrate.
"This is our home, so the kids have a home now."
Reverend Servando Perales has been working towards this goal for ten years.
"It just started in the garage of my house with a vision God gave me to help rescue kids, get them off the streets."
This vision has helped kids like Roberto Lopez.
"I used to get in a lot of fights, a lot of gangs," said Lopez.
But the 13-year-old says his life changed after coming to Victory Boxing Club.
"I'm not that troublemaker anymore."
Perales said, "Boxing helps them with the confidence, with the self-control, with the patience."
Patience is something Perales himself needed to pay for the building.
"There were times, obviously, we didn't know where that next mortgage payment was going to come or how we were going to keep the lights on."
But through fundraising efforts and help from donors Perales got the $125,000 that was needed. As a way to thank donors, people at the club hosted a "Pay off the Building" celebration.
The building may be paid off, but Perales says fundraising efforts and improving the club are just beginning. He says he'd like to get more parking spaces for people and improve some of the training equipment.
"There's duct tape on the ring. There's equipment that's old and worn out so there's a lot."
While there still may be obstacles ahead for the club Perales knows they'll keep fighting for those in need.
"There's 35 to 40 kids a night off the streets in here so that speaks volumes."
People at Victory Boxing Club are also working on remodeling the kitchen. Donors are already coming together to help out with this next project.