Shining star Jessica Chavez Ramirez leads by example

National City Community Youth Athletic Center Monthly Newsletter dated May 31, 2020


That’s our mission statement so says Clemente Casillas, our local CYAC Director. “You also know our method. Boxing draws our kids to our facility and then their dedication to succeed makes them winners in and out of the boxing ring. Over the years, we have developed many successful boxers. More than a few ended up being nationally ranked. And, as we’ve discovered, their success extends beyond the ring. We especially pride ourselves on their success in school. 

“In that spirit, let me tell you about one Jessica Chavez who first came to our facility six years ago. She came to box, but almost immediately began to take advantage of our academic enrichment program. It was not uncommon to find her in our study area with her head in the books. She would routinely complete her homework, work on a school project and then work tirelessly at staying fit and developing her skills as a boxer.

“Soon, Jessica will be graduating from high school with honors and like her peers nationwide, because of the dreaded Covid 19, she will not be able to gather with her classmates at a public ceremony. Instead, Jessica and her family will have their own private ceremony. As mentioned, Jessica is an honor student and recently learned that her hard work is being rewarded in a very tangible way. The University of California at Riverside has awarded Jessica a full 4-year scholarship.

“We are so very happy, elated, about her remarkable success, that we want to share the news with everyone. So you too can celebrate along with our CYAC coaches, tutors and board members. Sure Jessica is proud, overjoyed and very grateful and so are we. We also wanted to thank you our sponsors for all that you do to help make such a positive impact on the lives of our kids—in and out of the ring. God Bless you all.

No doubt, these young people have been benefitting big time and will have so many wonderful and lasting memories. From the surfing class on the beach with the San Diego Lifeguards to the day when the celebrity boxer, Fernando Vargas, the former IBF, WBA, IBA World Super Welterweight Champ dropped by the gym for a meet and greet. From the Christmas party where so many youngsters received brand new bicycles donated by the local Latino Police Officers’ Association to the night they got to see their first ever play, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Twelfth Night at the fabulous Old Globe Theatre.
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