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OKLAHOMA - For the kids at the Sims Boxing Academy, it is about a lot more than just training for trophies.

This training center on southeast 44th  fills up with youths starting around 5 pm.

Before they get into the ring,  they need to make sure their school work is done and their priorities are in order.

Coach Lavell Sims said It also keeps them busy and out of trouble.

"To keep them off the streets. There is so much gang activity out there that's what I want to keep those kids away from."

Sims started this program more than a decade ago.

"I've been doing it for about 14 years.  I started out in my garage and now we're here and I want to keep doing it. "

Much of it comes from his own pocket, and from his heart.

Those around him, like Steve Crowfield, who has benefited from Sim's leadership,  know how important Lavell's work is.

"It helps them out a lot mentally, school grades, anger wise it just helps them out a whole bunch."

So Crowfield nominated Lavell for our Pay it 4ward program.

"He takes them into the gym and shows them different ways to channel their anger. He's a great man, he's a great man."

Now it was NewsChannel 4's turn to box in this boxer.

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