Roshawn Jones

Roshawn Jones


September 16, 2015


Soul City Boxing Gym


Tell us more about some of your past projects?

Recently Soul City Gym was chosen by the Toledo Arts Commission for a mural, and twenty-one students from Young Artists at Work participated in this six-week project. The mural is a representation of what Soul City embodies: a safe haven for local inner city kids to participate in not only boxing and wrestling but education, nutrition, and community service.  


What current projects are you working on?

Currently, Soul City is working on getting one of our athletes qualified for the Olympic Trials. Soul City is also working on getting funding to become an even greater force in the community that serves underprivileged kids in the inner city.  


What advantages does being in Toledo offer your efforts?

Soul City Gym is unique in that it operates on the philosophy of the wellness of the mind, body, and soul. There are no other entities in the area that services kids and adults of all backgrounds. 


Tell us about one of your greatest successes:

High School Wrestling Accomplishments:

  • Three Time City Champ
  • 2006 & 2007 Most Valuable Wrestler
  • Three Time Sectional Champ
  • Three Time State Qualifier
  • Two Time State Placer
  • Team Captain
  • Graduated with a 3.7 GPA

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

My father is my greatest inspiration. He instilled in me a strong work ethic at a young age and always stressed service to the community. 


Tell us about your background.

I am a former all city wrestler whose college wrestling dreams were cut short by a neck injury. Instead of letting that derail my future goals, I decided to stay in the neighborhood I grew up in and use my talents to help others.


Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”


Favorite place for local culture?

Toledo Museum of Art


Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

Soul City Boxing Gym


My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

Soul City Boxing Gym. It is very important for me to be accessible to my athletes/kids 24/7. They count on me to be a constant in their life.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . . 

Toledo Botanical Gardens.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at



If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . .

Being able to collaborate more with like-minded individuals.


Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

United Way adopted Soul City for their Days of Caring Project last year. They came in and gave the gym a much needed makeover. We are so appreciative of all the help that has been coming our way. 


Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Barack Obama


Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without:

48 Laws of Power


3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Passionate, persistent, punctual

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks:

The Weekend


Taylor Swift

J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

My biggest vice is . . .

People that quit

I'd like to see ______ in Toledo. 

I’d like to see the elimination of gang violence in Toledo.


What’s the last dream you recall having?

I’ve been dreaming about connecting with my ancestors.


The last lyric that moved me was . . .

"The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity"


One movie character I identify with is . . .

Captain America

The best gift I’ve ever received was:

My daughter.


My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

Opening Soul City Gym and seeing the lives that have been changed. Being able to see kids that have been bullied, have low self-esteem, and no positive role models in their life become productive citizens.

I want my last meal to be:

Steak and potatoes.


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