Boxing Champ Rocky Juarez Teams with Southwest Key Programs in Houston

WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rocky Juarez was invited as a special guest to speak to students at the Southwest Key Program in Houston, TX. Southwest Key Programs is a national nonprofit organization providing transformative education, innovative safe shelters and alternatives to incarceration for over 200,000 youth and their families annually, while creating opportunities for their families to become self-sufficient. Juarez inspired the attendees with hopeful words about striving for goals and fulfilling dreams. “I want you to have dreams”, Rocky implored, “and know that you can be more than where you came from; more than where you are now.” Juarez gained the WBC Silver Title by defeating Rene Alvarado of Nicaragua on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014 in Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas in front of thousands of military personnel and adoring fans. He is eyeing at a shot at Jhonny Gonzalez who holds the WBC title. “Of course I want Jhonny, he holds the title that I have been chasing my entire career”, answers Rocky when asked about the chance of fighting Gonzalez. “The fight may not happen this year and I want to stay busy, so my team and Golden Boy Promotions are working on a fight in Texas for this September or October. Hopefully everything gets sorted so that we can announce it to the fans.” Rocky was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his service. The Olympic Silver Medalist had a wonderful time posing for pictures with the pupils and staff. “Giving back to the community is a part of being a citizen, a gentleman and a public figure”, beamed the Champ as the program wrapped up. “I represent Houston, as an Olympian and now also as member of the WBC family, and with prestige come responsibilities.” After contemplating for a moment, Juarez quips, “Words are powerful, words inspire and hopefully my words can make a difference in at least one of these lives.” As on cue a student graciously declares to Juarez, “Thank you for coming and I will take in everything you said about chasing your dreams.”

Brandon Countee


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