Penn Treaty SSD awards grant to Joe Hand Boxing Gym & Computer Lab

Penn Treaty SSD awards grant to Joe Hand Boxing Gym & Computer Lab

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) has awarded a $21,061 grant to the Joe Hand Boxing Gym & Computer Lab. The money is pledged toward upgrading the computer lab, travel expenses for young boxers, and staff training.

The Penn Treaty SSD, incorporated in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for residents of the immediate neighborhoods surrounding SugarHouse Casino, including Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond and Northern Liberties. Allocation of funds is determined exclusively by the Penn Treaty SSD Board through a grant request form and a review process.

The Joe Hand Gym, also a non-profit organization, has been providing boxing and education programs for kids from its location at 547 N. 3rd St. in Northern Liberties since 2009.

“We feel so fortunate to be a beneficiary of the PTSSD grant,” Joe Hand Gym President Joe Hand Jr. said. “We wanted to create a space for young people to learn competition and accomplish something within themselves. We discovered that children needed more than just a place to train. They needed encouragement in their school studies and access to technologies that weren’t being afforded to them.

“Over the years we have expanded, and it is our hope to keep growing with the help of this PTSSD grant. It is our honor to serve this community, and we look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”

About Joe Hand Boxing Gym & Computer Lab

Started by Joe Hand Promotions in 1995, the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and Computer Lab, a non-profit organization, has been a community landmark for more than 20 years. Joe Hand Sr., a retired Philadelphia police detective, saw the gym as a safe place for Philly’s children and young adults to hone their skills in boxing or spend time learning computer skills.

The Joe Hand Boxing Gym offers regulation boxing rings, brand new equipment and a modern computer center where children from the community can participate in the educational process.


June 27, 2017

Contact: Elizabeth Cicalese

1-800-557-4263, ext. 226

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