Jackrabbit boxing is vowed to make the gym a community hub where families could escape the violence that has historically gripped this part of the city. He also made a commitment to use the values learned in the ring to help shape the young men in the community. So, he initiated the Jackrabbit Boxing Academy for youth. He envisioned the academy as the de-facto high school boxing team since no schools in the area have boxing as a sport. He wanted to simultaneously draw better athletes away from more traditional sports like basketball, football, and baseball and bring them to the center of the boxing ring. But although it isn’t affiliated with any school, Sylve wanted to incorporate accountability in the classroom and the community as a prerequisite to training at the Jackrabbit Academy. He wanted his fighters working just as hard in the classroom as they did in the gym.
Jack Rabbit Boxing Academy hopes to intercept before they hit that fork in the road that could land them in jail, or worse if they make the wrong turn. The former Jordan High defensive back, who admittedly took his own talents for granted, said his story is very much the same as many of the kids he’s trying to help stay off the streets by keeping them in the gym.