“The boxing world attracts a lot of at-risk youths – kids whose fathers are not good role models or kids who don’t have fathers, and kids who need to learn the skill for survival. These kids look at their coaches as life-mentors, not just coaches who teach technique” says Steve Pelster, long time friend and boxing comrade of Ray Menefee. “Ray was an amazing mentor for hundreds of at-risk youths. He often paid for their equipment or paid their fees to enter fights out of his own pocket to give them a chance at being successful at something.”
At the Midwest Regional Golden Gloves Championship on Saturday, April 16th, the Menefee family (Ray Menefee and his son Tony) were presented with a plaque and recognized for their incredible contributions to the sport of boxing. Ray has been a resident in QLI’s long-term care program since 2000 following a traumatic brain injury (unrelated to boxing).
Prior to his injury, Ray owned his own gym in Lincoln for 20 years. Ray learned the sport of boxing as a youth, and boxed in the amateur circuits for 9 years before turning pro. Ray is a five-time District Golden Glove Champion and a three-time Regional Golden Glove Champion. He fought over 40 pro-fights, including international fights in Germany, Italy and Europe. His son Tony has kept on the family tradition and alive and has boxed over 110 professional fights.
Thank you, Ray, for being a source of inspiration for so many people, both inside and outside the boxing ring. Congratulations!
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