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Boxing is much like life, where one learns through trial and error. But the best conditioned individual, in boxing, as in life, will usually be the victor” – Archie Moore

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Archie Moore was a boxing legend. He was the Light Heavyweight Champion of the world from December 1952 to May 1962, the longest reign of his weight class. Archie won 185 of 219 recorded fights, with 131 of those victories by knockouts.

 

Archie was more than a boxer; he was a visionary who predicted a violent drug and gang epidemic that would trouble our nation. He proposed a simple solution: prevention. With this idea in mind, the Any Boy Can Youth Foundation was formed (later renamed Any Body Can Youth Foundation). Archie used the lure of boxing to instill discipline, respect and other positive values into the lives of youth to prevent them from falling into dangerous lifestyles.

 

Archie passed away in 1998 and passed the torch to his son, Billy Moore, who now serves as the President of the foundation. Though much has changed since the beginning in 1957, the mission remains the same: to empower San Diego’s inner-city youth to step off in life with their best foot forward, without cowardice but with courage and dignity.

 

Hear our story by watching our video.

 

 

 

STAFF
 
Eilleen Geluz
As the Administrator, Eilleen is on site each afternoon providing support to our youth and their families, volunteers, coaches and staff. She has been working with youth since 2007 and became a part of the ABC Youth Foundation family in August of 2014. She is currently a full-time student at San Diego State University, majoring in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry.
 
COACHES
Coach Arthur Wilson
Arthur Wilson started boxing at the age of eleven at the UpTown Boxing Gym next to the Apollo Theatre in New York.  Trained along side Doug Jones who later fought Muhammad Ali in a 10 round professional fight.  Many watchers thought this was the hardest fight on Ali’s road to the championship.  When he left UpTown Gym he went to train at the Department of Parks center called the Bath House.  The trainer was George Gasket who trained a lot of amateur champions but didn’t want to train professionals because he felt there was a corruption of boxing.  Under his training he was able to train along side several World Champions including Emile Griffith, Benny ‘Kid’ Paret and Dick Tiger.  Arthur entered and won several amateur champions and stopped boxing after George Gasket died.
 
Over 40 years of training, Arthur had several National Championships and over 50 non advancing tournament championships.  He is one of the leading coaches in San Diego and a Clinician, which is the highest ranking coaching level (Level IV) in San Diego.  He is an Elite Coach for USABoxing San Diego. Arthur was also invited to travel with USABoxing to China, Russia, England, etc.
 
Coach Bob Boone
Coach Robert “Bob” Boone grew up in Los Angeles, CA and received an AA from Pasadena City College.  He has worked with youth development for the San Diego Unified School District in special education as well as at local church groups.  He learned to box in the US Army where, after he retired, he has brought his skills to the ABC Youth Foundation in 2008.
 
VOLUNTEERS
LeMar Slater
Robin Carby
Cathy Naughton
Paul Carby
Daniela Mejia
Daniel Rose
David Hernandez
Lance Chenelle
Leo Morales
David Fitzgibbons
Doug Murad
Jack Stylli
Woody Merrill
Lindsay Fay
Michelle Madey
Hillary Key
Mya Brown
Christy Moore
Maria Bambill
Drew Tribble
James Greenfield
Dante Branch
Diana Kong
Emily Dow
Taekeyah Calhoun
Tristen Bless
Sudha Lakshmi
Laura Vazquez
Carina Hernandez
Rihana Qassimyar
Judy Kwak
Diana Kong
Holly Hess
Sam Hess
Edgar Bautista
Michelle Matson
 
 

 

 

 

Our Mission

Our Vision

 

Our Story

How We Got Started

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Where We Are Now

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ABC Youth counts on Volunteers Like You to Help Us Make a Difference in the World -.

 

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Saving Lives & Building Families Since 1955

1,000,000 KIDS

$300,000 Raised

10,000,000+ LIVES CHANGED

We’ve Raised over $400,000 to Help At-Risk Children Around the World

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