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When the rise of the pandemic forced a nationwide shutdown, 17-year-old Quintin Love Jr. launched a mentoring-through-boxing program called Xtreme 365.

Courtney Wise Randolph writes about Detroit’s movers and shakers for Detour Detroit. Once a month, she stops by CultureShift to chat with a notable Detroiter. This month, she talks with Quinton Love Jr.

Xtreme 365 isn’t just about teaching youth how to fight. It’s about identifying a path that helps navigate life and bonding through sport. That’s the vision entrepreneur Quintin Love Jr., 17, launched his business on and that’s the essence of what allows Xtreme 365 to prosper. 

Conceptualized in his parents’ garage when Love, a senior at Cass Technical High School, was 15 years old, Xtreme 365 — a mentoring-through-boxing program designed for children and teens — was launched in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a nationwide shutdown and prompted actions to make a pivot in the way business is conducted and how we maintain social connection. 

The program supports a model similar to skills gained at Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG), which Love has trained at since he was 8. This shared goal is rooted in using boxing as a vehicle to help youth develop social-emotional wellness, discipline and physical health. 

Courtney Wise Randolph
Courtney Wise Randolph

“Every time I train these kids, we talk about boxing, of course, but one of the main things I push is to follow your passion,” Love emphasizes. “I showed them that I’m not much older than you and you see how much progress I’m making. [So I share with them] work hard, do what you want to do because you love it and everything will fall into place.” 

Love’s motivation and passion to uplift youth stems from those who have poured into him since he was a child. He credits his father, his 9-year DBG boxing coach and his current coach as mentors who helped him consistently go after the heights of his potential. “With them, there was no way I could not succeed.” 

As for what’s to come, Love, who also runs a photography business, stresses, “Get more kids. I love seeing people progress. So, the next step is getting more kids and continuing to make an impact and see how far I can go with it.” 

Inquiries about registration for Xtreme 365 and even personal training can be directed to Quintin Love Jr. at QueJunior04@gmail.com.

Listen: Quintin Love Jr. talks about the power of mentorship and growing his business, Xtreme 365.

Read: Courtney Wise Randolph profiles high school entrepreneur Quintin Love Jr. for Detour Detroit

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  • Amanda LeClaire is Host of CultureShift and is a founding producer of both of WDET's locally-produced daily shows. She's been involved in radio and the arts in Detroit for over a decade.

  • LaToya Cross is a Producer and writer on CultureShift with a passion for highlighting creatives using their platform to shape, shift and analyze society through an artistic lens.

  • Courtney Wise Randolph is a storyteller and Detroiter. In addition to her work as a writer and audio producer, she runs Keen Composition, a small business that specializes in writing and editing true stories about ordinary people and businesses that make an extraordinary impact.