Andre Ward gives back to the community by talking to local inmates. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Bongarts/Getty Images)
From watching Fight Camp 360 during the Super Six tournament, we knew that Andre Ward was a different type of personality. He wasn't bombastic like Floyd Mayweather, but a humble religious man. Just the person who will be willing to give an inspirational keynote address at Santa Rita Jail's graduation ceremony. According to Rick Hurd, Andre Ward tried to inspire the 116 prisoners to build on their recent accomplishments.
"You know, a lot of people that were in the situations these men and women are in, it would be really easy for them to just give up, quit on life," Ward said. "But they got to work, and they've accomplished something. Absolutely, that's inspiring."
"You men and woman made a decision to change something," Ward told the inmates. "Then you made the decision to see it through. You deserve a round of applause for that. It's never too late to make a decision to change your life," he said. "And it takes courage to do that. That deserves to be honored. And this may be the first accomplishment in their lives that some of these men and women have ever been recognized for. So it was a privilege for me to be here."
In a world where there are boxers who care more about their twitter followers than being a decent role model, it is nice to see a boxer who truly cares about his community. I wish more boxers were more visible in the community. I feel like this sort of outreach will help boxers get more local fans, and hopefully make for lively local fights. Which current fighters give a lot back to the community?