Metro Detroit boxers earn trip of a lifetime


>>>TRAVELING OVERSEAS, SOMETHING MANY KIDS DREAM OF. THERE’S A DETROIT ORGANIZATION TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY FOR SOME SPECIAL YOUNG BOXERS.>>KACIE HOLLINS HAS THE STORY OF THEIR LIFE-CHANGING TRIP ACROSS THE BOND.>>Reporter: BRIDGES BEYOND BOXING TOOK A SPECIAL GROUP OF ATHLETES FROM DETROIT OVERSEAS TO IRELAND, PROVING THAT THE ART OF HITTING THINGS TRANSLATES PRETTY WELL.>>IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES I EVER HAD.>>Reporter: THIS 19-YEAR-OLD MAN NEVER DREAMED BOXING WOULD TAKE HIM ON THE ADVENTURES IT HAS.>>I NEVER TRAVELED OUT OF THE COUNTRY.>>Reporter: BRIDGES BEYOND BOXING CONNECTS THE BOXING WORLD IN DETROIT WITH ITS COUNTER PART, ALL THE WAY IN IRELAND.>>WE WANTED TO BRING KIDS WHO ARE DESERVING, WHERE WE’RE GIVING THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT THINGS THEY WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DO.>>Reporter: PEOPLE IN DETROIT AND IRELAND UNDERWENT A MONTHS LONG FUND RAISING EFFORT.>>THE POSITIVE PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT THESE KIDS, LIKE ME AND YOUNGER, LIKE IT’S A GREAT EXPERIENCE.>>Reporter: A DOZEN DETROIT ATHLETES TRAVELED TOBELFAST FOR A WEEK OF TRAINING AND SIGHT SEEING.>>I WENT OUT THERE TO HAVE FUN AND TO BOX, TO SEE HOW IT IS TO LIVE OUT THERE.>>Reporter: THE TRIP CULMINATED IN A BIG FIGHT NIGHT, PITTING THE DETROIT FIGHTERS AGAINST THE IRISH ONES.>>IT CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE. I EXPERIENCED SO MUCH AND I LEARNED SO MUCH. I LEARNED SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE NEW AND NOW IT HELPS ME TOO. I COME HERE AND IT MAKES ME THINK LIKE HOW DIFFERENT THE WORLD IS, HOW DIFFERENT THE CULTURES ARE AND STUFF. IT’S JUST ONE OF THE BEST THINGS.>>Reporter: IN SEPTEMBER THESE GUYS WERE TRADING PLACES WITH THE IRISH FIGHTERS, SHOWING THEM WHAT COMPETING IN THE MOTOR CITY IS LIKE.

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