“We put a lot of resources in the junior program (ages 8-16),” he said. “The kids are there, as long as the opportunities are there for them, and we offer those opportunities. The amateur coaches are amazing, and recently the D.C. Department of Recreation has really stepped up.
“We’ve grown 30 to 35 percent over the last four or five years,” Magruder said. “It jumped 13 percent this year, and we’ve seen an increase each year, and we have had one of the largest turnouts in the Golden Gloves tournament. We have a great staff that helps create these opportunities.”
For those kids who win Saturday night, Golden Gloves will pay their expenses and help them with equipment to move on to the regional and national tournaments.
• Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and espn980.com.