Tracy Police Sgt. Richard Graham said that the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the Tracy Police Activities League gym. Still, they weren’t giving up as boxers returned to the ring for the gym’s grand reopening on Saturday following the 2-year closure.

“Boxers are supposed to be resilient; you are supposed to fall and get back up. That’s what our program is doing,” Graham said. “We took a fall, but we’re standing back up like Coach Guillermo said: back and better than ever.” Coach Guillermo Aragon was one of the first coaches who aided in opening the PAL gym at 311 West St. in 2018.

After two years of COVID-19 closures, Graham said that PAL couldn’t overlook the importance of reviving the neighborhood program. “We’ll keep working, and it’s really exciting to see all the faces, and it makes all the frustrating and hard work behind the scenes worth it.”

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