March 10th, 2010
03:53 PM ET

Oscar De La Hoya gives back to Hollenbeck

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/10/delah.jpg caption="Oscar De La Hoya sat down with Anderson to talk about his plans for Hollenbeck's youth."]


Tonight we report on the impact of gang violence on the Los Angeles community of Hollenbeck. Anderson sat down with 10-time world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was born in Hollenbeck. He is also one of the neighborhood's greatest success stories.

In 1992, he became the only American ever to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. Since then, De La Hoya has become one of Hollenbeck's most visible philanthropists, working to help the area's teens escape lives of crime and drug use.

He started the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, which recently partnered with Microsoft to offer computer skills classes to the local community. He is also on the board of Green Dot, a group of 12 California public schools helping high-need, at-risk students make it to college.

Read more about Oscar De La Hoya's philanthropy here, and watch tonight's AC360° at 10p ET to learn more about his plans for Hollenbeck's youth.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Robert

    I worked for a community development corporation in this neighborhood for four years.

    It is one of the most vibrant and wonderful places in Los Angeles. There are great restaurants and wonderful parks. It is a community of artists, activists, small businessmen and women and many many people working hard for their families. A lot of very positive things are happening there and I would urge anyone going to L.A. or living in L.A. to spend time there whenever you have the chance.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  2. Treschanson

    Blessed his heart! He's such a great example for the young & the restless. I love his song, Run to Me!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  3. Lesley

    Great for Oscar but are we supposed to feel sorry for people that choose the gang life??

    March 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm |