A MILLION PUNCHES FROM THE HEART: PUNCHING OUT RACISM, GANG VIOLENCE AND MISTRUST OF POLICE SEPT. 16 IN EL CAJON

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By Valerie Watts

September 11, 2017 (El Cajon) – Imagine a fire station hung with heavy punching bags, filled with youth, community members, police and firefighters all furiously punching away for 60 seconds at a time.  On Saturday, September 16 from 8 a.m. until noon, the public is invited to help firefighters and police officers "punch out racism, gang violence and mistrust of the police." Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire Station 6 at 100 East Lexington Avenue in El Cajon will be hosting this event put on by "ABC Youth Foundation:  an after school boxing, tutoring and mentorship program that serves at risk youth in San Diego." 

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis and some of his officers will be joined by Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Colin Stowell and some of his firefighters in helping youth and community members punching heavy bags for 60 second sessions, with every punch counting toward that 1,000,000 punch goal.  Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Schools is also lending his support.  He will be bringing 100 third graders the day before: September 15 from 10 a.m. until noon for their own version of the event. 

Community members are invited to join the punching frenzy for $20 per 60-second session.  They can also dedicate a session.  All funds raised will be to support after-school programming for inner-city youth.  For more information, including the history and mission of ABC ("Any Body Can") Foundation, please call 619-234- 2200 or check out their website at abcyouthfoundation.org