A member of the Headbangers team lifts a water bag during a training session at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southeast Washington, DC.
Boys run at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center. The team trains for four hours during after-school hours. For the younger kids, coaches keep track of their homework, enforcing rules that keep boxing in balance with formal education.
Tyreece Johnson, 14, gears up to spar. The HeadBangers began in a school annex 27 years ago, where coaches Barry Hunter and Marshall Cunningham trained kids from the neighborhood. The Bald Eagle Center was inaugurated in 2012 in recognition of their work.
Headbangers warm up at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, DC.
Marcell Steele (C) and Marty Luther Jr. gear up for a fight against a team from New York at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center.
Tyreece Johnson, 14, practices during a training session at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center. He is one of the unopposed champions of the amateur team, and fights in the 85lbs weight category.
Marcus Luther, 10, accompanies his brother Mary Luther Jr., 13, into the ring for his fight during the Silver Gloves Boxing tournament, taking home two winning medals. They have been training with the HeadBangers for 3 years.
Tyrek Irby (right) carries Marcus Luther into the ring before a fight during the 2015 PVA competition at the Rosecroft Raceway venue. "We are role models to these kids. It's more than just a sport, it's about building character," said Irby.
Marcell “The Real Deal” Steele, right, fights during the 2015 PVA competition, winning with a second round knockdown. The HeadBangers won all but one of their fights on November 13th, 2015, where they competed against teams from across thh East Coast.
Darren Scott from the HeadBangers fights during the 2015 Silver Gloves competition at the Rosecroft Raceway Venue, MD on December 5, 2015.