BURBANK — A 10-time boxing champion, Oscar De La Hoya had to be mean and unrelenting in the ring. But deep down, the athlete has a soft side.
A product of youth programs while growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles, De La Hoya is more than happy to give up his time and lend his support to the type of programs that helped shape his life. If it has to do with helping young boys and girls, De La Hoya can't resist.
"When it comes to helping kids, I am a real softy," De La Hoya said. "As soft as they come."
De La Hoya was talking to a captivated group of youngsters Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley, which also serves Glendale kids. In a promotion for AT&T U-verse Espanol, De La Hoya gave the club's members some sound advice about values, working toward goals and striving to succeed.