TACOMA -- After more than 35 years, the Tacoma Boxing Club needs a new home.
The Al Davies Boys & Girls club is using grant funding to turn the boxing gym into a basketball court.
The club has been told to move out by October 1.
“It’d be a shame if this went away,” said coach Tom Mustin, who started coaching boys at the club’s original downtown location in Tacoma in 1974.
In 1981, the club moved into the Boys & Girls Club space, and has been able to use the space ever since, rent-free.
The club is required to use a $50,000 grant to convert the space into a basketball court by the end of the year.
“We’ll be able to serve a lot more kids in total this way,“ said Mark Starnes, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.
He estimates the basketball gym will enable 200 more teens to use the facility.
“We need to serve more teens,” said Starnes.
He said Boys & Girls Clubs staff is working with the Tacoma Boxing Club to find them a new home.
“I feel very confident we’re going to be successful,” said Starnes.
Coach Mustin does not want to have to move, especially if it means leaving Tacoma.
“It’s kind of a crime for the city of Tacoma,” said Mustin, “Letting this historical team getting away.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the club.