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.
“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.