A note from Robert Simon, III, Founder, President, and Executive Director
“I had the idea for NOMIS at college. Having grown up in the northeast D.C. area, I wanted to create a program that helped D.C. youth stay out of the prison system. It took me 18 years and many struggles to realize my dream, which had evolved into a Boxing Community Center for youth to gain a chance for success in life. I finally opened the doors of my first NOMIS Boxing Community Center on October 30, 2004.
“While it’s been a tough journey at times, it’s also been extremely rewarding. The struggles continue — but so does our success. We measure our success in the number of youth participants who come to NOMIS and learn the critical skills of living a safer, healthier, and more productive life.
“Our youth are achieving my original mission and much more — from enjoying better health and wellbeing, to finishing school, to staying away from violence and drugs, to staying out of the prison system. We have helped youth achieve a wide variety of their personal goals as well — from winning boxing matches, to getting out of the foster care system, to starting careers and families.
“I’m proud of what our facility and staff have achieved. I’m proud of the youth who have participated and taken every opportunity NOMIS offers them. And I’m looking forward to many more years of helping more D.C. youth gain a chance at fulfilling their life’s goals and dreams.”