VICTORVILLE, Calif. – ESPN’s boxing prospect of the year Ryan Garcia spoke at his alma mater Friday to 270 Mesa Linda Middle School students moving on to high school.
“If you put in 100 percent, you’ll get 100 percent back,” he told the students at the promotion ceremony.
Recalling his time in Mesa Linda physical education classes, Garcia remembered knocking out jump rope exercises, adding that he had been training since he was 7. His brother Sean Garcia, also a professional boxer and Mesa Linda alumni shared in the address.
He admitted struggling to complete homework and being shy in school. Sean Garcia also recalled losing a championship before coming back and succeeding at the junior Olympics.
“It takes courage to dust yourself off and get back up,” he said. “In high school there are temptations and distractions, but stay true to yourself.”
After giving the promotion address, the Garcia brothers handed out nearly 300 tee-shirts from the “Today I’m Brave” organization, as beaming Adelanto school board members and administrators shook hands with students heading to high school.
“We are so proud of our 8th-grade students,” said Principal Alicia Tuttle.
Garcia has a 15-0 record in the super featherweight division and is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. The Mesa Linda alumni was named boxing prospect of the year by ESPN after six knockouts in 2017.
Today, I’m Brave is a nonprofit created by advertising agency David&Goliath to inspire people to be brave by celebrating Brave acts and supporting purpose driven causes, including educational initiatives, and by sharing Brave stories from around the world.