Charm City's Alex Long
Anyone who has seen the Independent Lens documentary Charm City will remember Alex Long. Since the 2018 release of the film, his project Team Redemption has gained momentum.
Long says he learned about teamwork through sports as a child, which helped him to relate to others, in spite of his childhood trauma. After his son witnessed some violence in their neighborhood, Alex began teaching him how to box, in order to help him manage his emotions. His basement program evolved into a curriculum, and Long was soon teaching at the Creative Alliance and area schools.
Now, in addition to site visits, Long runs Team redemption out of a grant-subsidized gym with Joshua Walker, a boxer and coach. The two host training sessions, and drop-in hours, and hope to sustain, and expand, their programs.
Footage courtesy of: ITVS, Marilyn Ness