History of Peña's Boxing - Des Moines
The first Peña's Boxing Club originated in Davenport, Iowa in 1968 by Alvino Peña, Coach Pepe Peña's grandfather. Alvino started the Davenport Boxing Club (DBC) to help at-risk youth get off the streets and engage in a prosocial activity that would go on to teach them self-respect, hard work and discipline.
Since the start of DBC, Alvino worked with youth and adults, some who went on to capture professional world titles, an Olympic Silver Medal, and countless national, regional and state titles. Alvino Peña furthered his boxing advocacy by coaching for several U.S. amateur boxing teams and individuals such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya, just to name a few. In 1999, Alvino was inducted into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame and into the Quad Cities Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Despite being successful in the boxing community, Alvino did not measure his success by accolades or working with professional boxers - he measured his success by the impact he made on thousands of youth in the Quad Cities Area.
Being trained by one of the most influential boxing icons in the state of Iowa, Coach Peña decided to carry on Alvino's legacy and started working with youth in his own community in Des Moines, IA. In 2017, Coach Peña began training four youth in the driveway of his own home which sparked the desire to start his own gym. Shortly after, the first Peña's Boxing Club - Des Moines was established and Coach Peña did not want to limit his knowledge and love for the sport to just youth and decided to coach adults as well. Coach Peña has coached hundreds of boxers since the start of PBC and is eager to continue to grow in size and space. Since then, PBC has relocated multiple times to meet the needs of the gym as it continued to grow. Peña's Boxing Club is now located on the South side of Des Moines and serves close to 50 members. Coach Peña is one of four dedicated coaches at PBC that volunteers their time to help each member meet their goals both inside and outside the gym.
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