NJ boxer uses club to steer local youth on positive path

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One New Jersey boxing club is making its main goal not to train athletes, but to train participants to become positive members of society.

The Jersey Boy Boxing Club in Passaic opened three years ago with help from local boxing star Glen Tapia, who wants to push New Jersey's youth on a better path.

Tapia says as a Jersey native himself that he hopes to get people off the streets and into an environment that stresses the importance of academics as well.

Dozens come for a few hours a day, many for free because Tapia isn't worried about profits.

"It's not about money, it's about changing people's lives," says Tapia. "That's what's gonna make you happy, you know."

Tapia says his long-term goal is to open a larger facility in Passaic similar to a community center with other sports offered and music programs.

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