Victor Ortiz has become a celebrity ambassador figure for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with the aim being for Ortiz to help raise awareness of the organization.
"Working with Big Brothers Big Sisters is perfect for me because I can relate to where the kids in the program are coming from - I grew up in a broken home and by the time I was 13 years old, both of my parents had left," said 22-year-old Ortiz. "I'm happy to be a part of an organization that gives kids a greater chance to succeed and inspires them to believe they can achieve great things."
Ortiz, 24, is really a great fit for the organization, and hopefully he helps them do more great work. They expect he will:
"Victor's story is a powerful example for kids who are facing adversity and we are very fortunate to have him in our corner. It is our hope that he will motivate other Latino men to become mentors and inspire others to support our programs so we can continue to provide children with quality mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever," said Hector Cortez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Senior Director for Strategic Diversity Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer.
Ortiz faces Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 17 in Las Vegas on HBO pay-per-view.