After retiring from the United States Air Force in 1977, Ric Castaneda devoted much of his life to the youth of South Austin. While being fully employed at Tracor as a systems analyst, he found the time to be involved with the South Austin Optimist Little League. He did everything, mow the field, chalk the lines, run the concessions. He served the Optimist as president, and was voted Central Texas Optimist of the Year four times from 1982 to 1988. He also co-founded the Challenge Division, a baseball league for children with disabilities.