Last month, the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation held its 10th anniversary of "Big Fighters, Big Cause" charity boxing night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard co-hosted the event along with investment banking firm B. Riley FBR. Since its inception in 2009, the foundation has raised over $3 million for research and programs that seek to prevent diabetes and promote healthier lifestyles among children through diet and exercise.
Leonard and his wife, Bernadette, established the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation ten years ago in support of Leonard’s father who suffered from Type 2 diabetes, as well as his friends and children of friends who were also fighting battles with diabetes. The foundation directs its funds towards patient care for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and tools to help them build healthy habits.
"[We talk] with people who are dealing with this enemy, this opponent, diabetes," Leonard said. "It is just so incredible, and I feel so humble doing what I'm doing. Just trying to make a difference, trying to raise a difference. We will knock out diabetes."
Celebrities, sports legends, and other high-profile individuals attended the foundation's premier fundraising event, held in conjunction with B. Riley FBR’s 20th Annual Institutional Investor Conference. Attendees included Magic Johnson, Eddie Murphy, LL Cool J and Usher.
An Olympic champion and advocate for healthy living, in addition to a TV broadcaster and boxing analyst since retiring from his prolific 20-year professional boxing career, Leonard also serves as co-chair for the Ambassadors of Children's Hospital Los Angeles and international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure. In 2007, Leonard earned the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) Sports and Entertainment Ambassador Award of Excellence for his continued involvement in the community.
To learn more about Leonard’s commitment to his community, visit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation website.