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Richmond City Sheriff’s Office to hold 3rd annual ‘Gloves Over Guns’ event

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office will be holding the 3rd annual ‘Gloves Over Guns’ event.
The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office will be holding the 3rd annual ‘Gloves Over Guns’ event.(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 6:09 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 4:04 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office will be holding the 3rd annual ‘Gloves Over Guns’ event.

The event, hosted by East End Boxing Club, will be held on Oct. 16 from 12-4 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness about gun violence prevention and how to resolve conflict among children without violence. Nationally, homicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-24.

“Youth gun violence is an epidemic in our communities and impacts every jurisdiction,” East End Boxing Club owner Elwood “Pat” Patterson said. “We’re committed to helping youth find healthy coping skills. Gloves Over Guns gives youth an opportunity to learn conflict resolution inside the ring. Together, we can uplift young people in our region and find solutions to end gun violence. We hope everyone will join us this Saturday for an exciting and important event.”

There will be a march from the Richmond City Justice Center to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market to start the event. Mayor Levar Stoney, Sherriff Antionette V. Irving and Gloves Over Guns organizers are scheduled to speak at 1 p.m.

About 25 amateur boxing matches will get underway at 2 p.m. Each match will be dedicated to families impacted by violence.

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