Palooka's Boxing Club closing down at month's end
Published: September 08, 2011 9:20 a.m.
The Gottingen Street boxing club announced on Thursday morning it will cease daily operations effective Sept. 30.
“Palooka’s was opened as a not-for-profit with the intent to provide a safe haven for youth through accessible boxing programs. However, as the club evolved, we found that we weren’t able to reach the goals we set for ourselves,” Mickey MacDonald, founder of Palooka’s, said in a release.
“After much consideration, I feel it is time to regroup and look for more effective ways to assist the at-risk youth in our community.”
The release said the club will continue to offer regularly scheduled classes over the next few weeks and will host any previously scheduled events at the venue.
Sorry to hear about Palooka's closing. Thanks Mickey for the significant contribution you have made to the local and boxing communities.
deadly blow to boxing in hali but we will rebound thanks for the start mickey and good luck in ur next endevuor
Wow, this is unbelievable.
I mean what now for the building, he probably sunk a couple of million into that place? Is this going to be the end of live shows there as well? Hats off to Mr McDonald though he's put a ton of cash and work into this.
1 more nail in the coffin.
was mickey ever really doing this for the "youth at risk" i find that hard to believe when he pimps the place out with brand new state of the art equipment and charges a ton of money for membership. look at the old citadel boxing club that place produced winners and didn't have all the fancy treadmills. if he truly was doing this for the kids he could have put that money to much better use with much less.
now what for boxing? is there anywhere for fighers to train??!
... and if mickey is so into boxing why doesn't HE support and sponsor tyson to make something happen and bring great fights to halifax? something isn't adding up here.
I don't think that's fair to say Mickey was gouging at all Chingy. Memberships were dirt cheap compared to any other ratty boxing club I've seen in Halifax, Vancouver, or Toronto, and this is (was) one of the best training facilities in Canada.
Tyson got tons of support from that facility too.
It was a great club that stumbled out of the gate and was a bit mismanaged, but on the whole I don't think Mickey deserves anything but praise from the boxing community, or the community in general for the effort and money he put in to the place.
the prices are reasonable if you're targeting the executives, but man how is a "youth at risk" who lives on gottigen going to afford 600$ a year for a membership?
....unless they rob somebody?
That's right. I forgot to mention that the kids who couldn't pay, didn't have to. (You also have to give Kelsey credit for volunteering to run the kids program.)
AND there was a classroom in the basement that he lent out for a free afterschool program
AND he hired on some guys to work around the gym to help them get back on their feet.
AND lent the space for fundraisers, and a fundraising bootcamp run by the heart and stroke foundation a few days a week
You can say what you want about Mickey and his other businesses, but Palooka's was nothing but good for everyone involved EXCEPT the guy flipping the bill, so put your jealousy and bitterness aside and stop looking for a way to crap all over an expensive bit of philanthropy from the man.
true that people give mickey all the praise in the world nothing but good to say from the cave camp
Mick can't be involved in promotions because of his position w/ the Boxing Autority........unfortunate because w/ his connections in the business community he could no doubt do an excellent job of promoting and building boxing here!