LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The Kronk Gym Foundation has signed a lease for a facility in the Motor City that it hopes will help people of all ages in and out of the ring.

Anita Ruiz, the nonprofit organization’s executive director, says she signed a five-year lease on Monday to rent part of the Considine Recreation Center on Woodward Avenue.

She hopes to open the facility for the public next month with boxing equipment donated by the World Boxing Organization.

Ruiz says she and the late Emanuel Steward founded the Kronk Gym Foundation in 2007, adding he was its president until he passed away in 2012. Steward, an International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer, worked with a long list of champions, including Thomas Hearns and Wladimir Klitschko.

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