Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. offered assistance after learning thousands of dollars worth of equipment had been taken from a north Houston boxing gym that serves low-income families and children, ABC13 reported.
.@abc13houston please have this man drop a link (maybe amazon wish list etc) with the equipment he lost. I KNOW the Houston community will rally around this man. I will start it off for him, just send me the link!!! https://t.co/P4w6dhJOpz
— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) November 8, 2019
Someone broke down a back door into 713 Boxing Club off the Eastex Freeway Tuesday night, Nov. 5, and stole thousands of dollars worth of boxing equipment and some personal trophies, owner Joseph Rivera said to ABC13.
“I don’t know why they’d steal it. It doesn’t make sense,” said Rivera. “It’s always been family-oriented. We never had this kind of problem with anybody, so for something like this to happen, I was like ‘Wow’. It was a shock.”
The saddest thing about the crime, according to Rivera, was that his gym serves low-income families and children. He’s hoping someone comes forward to give the property back.
“They (the kids) could be out there selling drugs, they can be doing a lot of other things, but they’re here and, you know, for somebody to come and do that, it’s just not right,” getting emotional, Rivera told ABC13.
“Why would you do that to some kids that are trying to get a positive outlook in a sport?” one of the boxers at the club said.
McCullers’s reaching out to the agency on Twitter to see if he can help moved Rivera to tears. He expressed his gratitude to the all-star pitcher via ABC13 on Friday.
“Lance, I can’t thank you enough. My kids can’t thank you enough. May God bless you 10 times more for what you’re doing for us,” he said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the gym rebound. You can make a donation here.