‘Against the Ropes’ is a 30-minute broadcast form series that chronicles the lives of the members, staff and owner of Panther Gym. Purchased by former professional boxer Benny ‘The Jet’ Swanson in 2001, Panther Gym currently offers its members more than just somewhere to work out, but a safe place where anyone can come and better themselves. Benny worked to overcome great hardship in his teenage years to become a professional boxer. He went on to have a successful career, but still battled intense rage and deeply seated emotional demons. He not only needed an outlet to release his energy in a productive manner, but he needed his story to be shared with others; he needed to be an influencer, an inspiration. After enduring the early struggles of business ownership as well as maintaining his role as a father of two young girls, Benny has made something truly meaningful from a collection of punching bags, gloves and a ring. ‘Against the Ropes’ follows the stories of Panther Gym members as they work to reach their goals, whether it is to lose weight, build confidence or win Olympic gold. Panther Gym is not just a boxing gym, not just a place for people to constructively release violence, but a place where everyone is welcomed as equals. A place where you are safe, where you have friends and you are respected. A place where you will be broken down, only to be brought back up greater than ever before.
‘Against the Ropes’ will be airing on TELUS Optik video on demand in Fall 2015.
If you’d like to get involved in the show in the form of a corporate sponsorship, please email Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Produced by Gruvpix Productions – www.gruvpix.com
Special thank you to Benny Swanson and Panther Gym – www.panthergym.com