‘It just turned into a really good day’: Officer, boxing club owner bring positivity to Planeview

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Most of the time you hear about programs working to keep kids off the streets. But one Wichita Police officer is doing the opposite!

Tuesday was a normal day at Villa Boxing Club until the group’s afternoon run. It was then they took part in a friendly challenge, that the owner shared online. He says it’s the type of fun they like to bring to the Planeview area.

“Go, he’s got them, he’s got them, he got them,!” said Jacob Villa, Villa Boxing Club Owner.

Wichita Police officer Nick Long wasn’t running at a crime scene last Tuesday. He was found joining a friendly competition.

“I got beat by several of the kids so I had to do some push ups to pay the penalty Jacob set up,” said Officer Nick Long, Wichita Police Department.

Villa Boxing Club owner Jacob Villa put the community police officer up to it.

“The kids were racing and it just turned into a really good day, a fun day,” said Villa.

It’s the kind of positive interaction Jacob’s boxing club brings to the area. He says youth look forward to their visits here.

“It’s almost like a real light, I mean there’s not, we’re in Planeview so it’s not like there’s a lot of things activities that happen in this neighborhood,” said Villa.

He says more youth are doing the sport, and he would like to see it grow here in Planeview. Others working here agree it’s a jewel in the neighborhood.

“What the gyms become, what it stands for in the community is a really positive image,” said Officer Long.

The gym was tagged with graffiti that day, and they are now putting up murals in their place. Villa says he would like to see more go up in the area.

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