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Baca thanks Sertoma for Golden Gloves support

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Sertoma Club President Lorrina Segovia and Ray Baca at a recent meeting. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Golden Gloves amateur youth boxing program is still alive in Roswell, according to Ray Baca, a board member of the state committee who spoke recently to the Roswell Sertoma Club.

Baca reminisced about what he thought might be considered the “golden age” of the program in the 1970s and ‘80s. He was a New Mexico state champion in 1976, and he expressed his thanks for the support of the Roswell Sertoma Club. Without that support, the Golden Gloves program would never have existed in Roswell, he said.

The program has changed quite a bit over the years, and, unfortunately, participation has declined. However, Baca was optimistic that there are many talented youths, both boys and girls, in this area who can benefit from participating in Golden Gloves.

The Roswell Sertoma Club assists in the purchase of hearing aids and speech therapy, provides 27 $500 college scholarships each semester, and supports various youth activities and charitable causes.

Anyone wishing to join the club is welcome to attend one of its meetings, every Friday at noon at the Elks Lodge. Forms to apply for assistance are available on the club’s website: www.roswellsertoma.org.