Fists of Steel Still Motivates

Hall of Fame boxer Carlos Palomino to speak at Latino Youth Leadership Conference, March 27

By Isaiah Aguirre
Published on LatinoLA: February 27, 2009

Fists of Steel Still Motivates

Boxing Hall of Famer Carlos Palomino is slated to speak to hundreds of local teens at the 3rd Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference. The event takes place Friday, March 27 in Garden Grove and is hosted by Coastline Community College and the Orange County Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Carlos, aka "Fists of Steel," is a well-known boxing Hall of Famer and is regularly recognized for his many appearances on film and television. Although he has been awarded several titles in the sport of boxing, he prides himself most on a title he awarded himself: "The only person ever to hold both a Boxing World Championship and a college degree at the same time," as stated in his autobiography.

Today, Carlos Palomino spends his time focusing on encouraging kids to stay in school and away from drugs and gangs through various school programs. As keynote speaker at the Latino Youth Leadership Conference, he hopes to spread this message to hundreds of local teens.

Coastline and LULAC first teamed up in 2006. Their immediate goal was to nourish the leadership skills of Orange County's Latino youth as well as to contribute and coordinate academic activities that improve student success rates in the transition from high school to college. Each year, the planning committee for the annual event has sought out positive Latino role models that would offer great insight for youth.

"Carlos has a powerful story of overcoming many obstacles in his life," said Dr. Richard Baiz, co-chair of the event's planning committee. "The students will be motivated and encouraged to seek a life surrounded by education."

This year's conference, entitled "Ethics, Trust and Loyalty," will also feature tongue-in-cheek columnist Gustavo Arellano (famous for his "Ask a Mexican" column in O.C. Weekly and segments on KROQ 106.7fm radio) as well as Timothy Canova, Associate Dean and Professor of International Economic Law at Chapman University School of Law.

Local teens are invited to attend, but pre-registration is required. For details on the event, visit or call (714) 241-6370.

Coastline Community College has an international reputation as one of the nation's most innovative institutions. Founded in 1976, Coastline is committed to student success through accessible and flexible education within and beyond the traditional classroom. Classroom instruction is held at approximately 30 sites within Orange County, with main learning centers located in Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and Westminster. For more information on Coastline Community College, please visit

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