Monday, June 1, 2009
It is hard to stay out of trouble when trouble surrounds you. Johnny Lewellen knows that better than anyone but was saved from the downward spiral of drugs, gangs and violence when he was introduced to boxing. Lewellen, the president of the School of Hard Knox, turned his life around and went on to become a professional boxer before an accident ended his career.
His story is no different from many of the kids he now teaches at the gym across the street from Summerville High School. The gym, a small building on the edge of a crime ridden neighborhood, has become a home for many teens who have found a safe haven from the troubles that surround them on a daily basis.