The Washington Post
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19:
Eugene Hughes sits in his electric scooter as he teaches young D.C. boxer, Fayid Ishaq, 18, who was training at Midtown Youth Academy on December 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. Whether he will creek to the front gate using a cane or scoot on over in his motorized wheelchair, Eugene Hughes still relishes unlocking the gates to the Midtown Youth Academy along the 14th Street corridor. Hughes is 76 years old. He grew up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, learning to fight on the streets in the District. So swift was his punch that he boxed in the Golden Gloves as a teenager. The way he tells it, Hughes moved to California, got into some trouble, and ended up spending 27 months in jail. By the early 1970s, he was back home in DC and eager to help young people lead productive lives. So he started the Midtown Youth Academy and dedicated the rest of his life to helping troubled youth discover the keys for their own success.