How to Apply

To apply to join GAKAD, you can follow the steps below or download the instructions below. Once you submit your application, a representative from GAKAD will be in touch with you to discuss next steps and to answer any questions you may have.

  • Complete the online application

  • Submit a copy of your most recent report card

  • Provide one letter of recommendation from your teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator

  • Write a brief personal statement in response to the following: Tell us in your own words about your interest in boxing

  • Include school information, as well as the address and phone number of your counselor


Youth aged 13-17 are eligible to apply if they:

  • Demonstrate an interest in boxing

  • Are ready to commit to attending mandatory sessions

  • Meet the income eligibility guidelines (The family’s household income must be within the limits defined by the NYS free/reduced lunches listed below)


Eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview, at which time:

  • One parent/legal guardian is present

  • Proof of household income in the form of IRS tax return(s) from all legal guardians is presented (If you are unable to provide tax returns, proof of receiving EBT, section 8 or other forms of public assistance may prove eligibility)

Conduct in Gym

  • Follow proper etiquette

  • Dress appropriately

  • No cursing

  • Be respectful to adults and trainers

  • Don’t bring friends to hang out in the gym

Training Program

In addition to the gym being available daily, participants are required to show up on designated training days to work with their boxing trainer to stay in the program. During this two-hour session, they undergo training that closely mirrors professional boxers’ routines. This includes shadow boxing, sit-ups, rounds on the punching bags, hand-eye coordination exercises with a speedball, moving drills, jumping rope, and controlled sparring against peers (note: sparring is optional).

Arrival and Dismissal

Classes begin and end on time. Please be prompt; after the second lateness, you will be sent home instead of spending the day with us. Parents must notify the office in advance by phone or email to excuse a participant’s absence. Parents will not be notified if their son or daughter is late or absent.

Success in the Program

Success is measured by participants’ personal development and newfound confidence, not boxing skills. Ultimately, Gleason’s is proud of recognizing personal growth that leads to success in life.

Work Toward Better Grades

Mandatory tutoring begins once participants are committed to the program. Our tutors discuss school and academic challenges and create personalized learning plans to best support each participant.

Program Supplies

Please wear appropriate workout attire for your sessions. We will provide all necessary equipment to ensure your success as a participant in our program.

What Not to Bring

Avoid bringing chewing gum, iPods, MP3 players, laptops, CDs/DVDs, electronic devices, knives, firearms, matches, lighters, or expensive cameras. Cell phones are not allowed to be used in the gym and must be turned off or set to vibrate. Gleason’s Gym and its staff are not responsible for lost or misplaced electronic devices owned by participants.


Occasionally, members will attend scheduled trips organized by Gleason’s, which will be supervised by our entire team.

Summer Camp in the Catskills

Successful participants are invited to our annual four-day summer camp, featuring boxing, swimming, row boating, fishing, and much more.

Youth Programs on Facebook and Website

Participant social media sites will be monitored and maintained respectfully. As a participant in this program, you represent Gleason’s, and we ask that you strive to be a positive role model for others.

Give a Kid a Dream has a Facebook page for sharing news and updates with participants, parents, and the community.

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Online Application


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