1996: Ricardo Medrano

“Rocky” Medrano made a name for himself in boxing, once ranked 6th in the world. After his boxing career, he founded the East Austin Optimists Club, raised money, solicited donations of equipment and uniforms for the baseball teams he created. He made and sold hamburgers and tacos for more money. He provided transportation for kids to get to games. He was coach and manager. His club pressured the city for baseball fields. He also served as boxing referee at the Pan Am Center, and coach, helping a dozen kids at a time, and director for Austin Golden Gloves tournaments.