In the basement of Salem Methodist Church was a hidden treasure, a sanctuary for young, tough, and angry youth. New York City was a rugged place to live in the early 20th century and the leaders at Salem Methodist created an opportunity for the youth in their community to focus on something other than trouble. On the corner of 129th Street and 7th Avenue sat this gym that may have been better described as a dungeon, with one small window high up in the concrete walls of the building’s foundation, a solitary sodium light bleeding in through the lead glass as evening set in. A future world champ would be guided away from a craps game to peer into that cellar gym and see his future. Young fighters learning the art and discipline of boxing. Salem Crescent Athletic Club would one day become known as one of the elite boxing programs in the country and those who wear its logo proudly often feel connected to the battle-tested warriors who called this gym home for many years of their younger lives.
Enjoy the cool comfort of this tee and feel inspired, just like the young men whose lives were forever changed thanks to Salem Crescent Gym.