WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — O'Leary's boxing gym is using techniques to help adults with developmental disabilities gain better balance, coordination and confidence.

The gym teamed up with Families Matter Inc. a few months ago. The group responded very positively to the activities, their favorite is sparring in the boxing ring. It gives the adults a chance to do something different and have fun while doing it.

O'Leary's is owned and operated by Michael Leary -- Leary has been coaching for over 20 years. He has seen a great deal of improvement in the short time the group has been coming to the gym. "Its a good fit, it really is, they love it and its working" Leary said. "I want them to see boxing as a positive thing, something that they can take these exercises and do them for the rest of their life".

The group is hoping to add a second day at the gym a week.