Supported by Tom Courtney and the William F. Courtney  Family Foundation, the Any Body Can Youth Foundation honors youth with the Mongoose Spirit Award. This award honors an ABC participant that has distinguished him/herself in the four core areas of citizenship, community service, academic performance and athletics.  The recipient is announced each month during a surprise ceremony with ABC members, families, Board Members, staff, coaches, volunteers and partners and supporters.  Recipients receive the following recognition:

  • Individual plaque with an image of ABC Founder Archie Moore
  • Name engraved on permanent annual plaque at our facility
  • Notoriety on our website and in our monthly newsletter
  • Announcement letter from ABC President and Staff
  • Lunch with ABC President Billy Moore and guest of his/her choice
  • Gift card
  • Awards ceremony


2014 Recipients

July 2014, Michael Espiridion

Michael Espiridion

We congratulate Michael Espiridion, age 10 of Golden Hill, as the July recipient of the Mongoose Spirit Award!  Michael is an all-star student, excelling in academics and thriving in ABC's Learning Center.  He sets a positive example to his peers for his work ethic in both academics and athletics.  Michael also remains a positive role model in the community.

June 2014, Brandon Pazuengo

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We congratulate Brandon Pazuengo, age 17 of Logan Heights, as the June recipient of the Mongoose Spirit Award!  As Brandon finishes his junior year at King-Chavez Community High School, he is working hard to keep up his grades and citizenship. His participation in numerous activities, including the 'Walk to Defeat ALS', MADD's 'Operation Sticker Shock', and numerous weekend boxing shows and events, is a great example of what we expect and appreciate from our dedicated participants as well as his sincere appreciation of all ABC staff, coaches, volunteers, and fellow participants.

May 2014, Da'Ron Flood
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Congratulations to Da' Ron Flood, age 11, who continues to serve as a role model to his peers and demonstrates great respect to all the adults, volunteers and instructors.  He has participated in events such as the 2013 & 2014 La Jolla Half Marathon, the 2013 Archie Moore Humanitarian Awards, “Bridging the Gap” Break programs, the Barnes & Noble ABC Book Drive, and numerous weekend events and fundraisers.  Furthermore, Da' Ron excels academically while remaining involved in constructive and healthy activities.

April 2014, Lizzette Corrales
Lizzette Corrales

We congratulate Lizzette Corrales as our April recipient! Lizzette has been a dedicated participant at ABC for a year, upholding the four core areas of this award.  She is a current 8th grader at Muirlands Middle School where she is excelling academically with a 4.0 grade average. She demonstrates great participation in our programs, remaining diligent in her training in the boxing gym and acting as a leader to all other youth participants, staff, coaches and volunteers.

March 2014, Christian Osorio
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We congratulate Christian Osorio, age 12, as the March recipient of our monthly 'Mongoose Spirit Award'!  Christian has been a dedicated participant at the ABC Youth Foundation for two years, upholding the four core areas of this award.  He is a current 6th grader at King-Chavez Preparatory Academy where he is exceling in academics and citizenship. He has participated in numerous ABC activities including the 'Walk to Defeat ALS' and our "Bridging the Gap" Break Programs.  His attendance in both the boxing gym and learning center demonstrates his commitment to ABC and appreciation to all staff, coaches, volunteers and fellow participants.

February 2014, David Torres
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We congratulate David Torres, age 17 as the February recipient of our monthly 'Mongoose Spirit Award'!  David has been a dedicated participant at the ABC Youth Foundation for three years, upholding the four core areas of this award.  He currently attends San Diego Charter High School where he is excelling in both academics and citizenship. He has participated in numerous ABC activities including MADD's Operation Sticker Shock coordinated by our partners at SAY San Diego, the 2013 Archie Moore Humanitarian Awards, numerous weekend events and fundraisers, as well as stepping up to tutor our younger participants in the Learning Center.  His attendance in all areas of ABC programming demonstrates his commitment to ABC and appreciation to all staff, coaches, volunteers and fellow paricipants.

January 2014, A'sianna Flood

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We congratulate A'sianna Flood, age 10 as the January recipient of our monthly 'Mongoose Spirit Award'!  A'sianna has been a dedicated participant at the ABC Youth Foundation for three years, upholding the four core areas of this award.  She is a fifth grader at King Chavez Arts & Athletics Academy where she is excelling in both academics and citizenship. She has participated in numerous ABC activities including volunteering at the 2013 La Jolla Half Marathon, the 2013 Archie Moore Humanitarian Awards fundraiser, and numerous weekend events and fundraisers.  Her attendance in all areas of ABC programming demonstrates her commitment to ABC and appreciation to all staff, coaches, volunteers and fellow participants.

 December 2013, Jennifer Estrada

Jenny Estrada

We congratulate Jennifer Estrada, age 17 as the December recipient of our monthly 'Mongoose Spirit Award'!  Jennifer has been a dedicated participant at the ABC Youth Foundation for three years, upholding the four core areas of this award.  She is a junior in high school where she is excelling in both academics and citizenship. She has participated in numerous ABC activities including the 2012 City Heights Town Hall Meeting addressing underage drinking, the 2013 Archie Moore Humanitarian Awards fundraiser, and numerous weekend boxing shows and tournaments.


November 2013, Giovani Herrera
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We congratulate Giovani Herrera, age 13 of Logan Heights, the November recipient of our monthly 'Mongoose Spirit Award'!  Giovani has been a dedicated participant at the ABC Youth Foundation for two years, upholding the four core areas of this award.  He is an 8th grader at Pacific Beach Middle School where he is excelling in both academics and citizenship. He has participated in numerous ABC activities including the 'Bridging the Gap' Break Programs, the 2013 Archie Moore Humanitarian Awards fundraiser, and numerous weekend functions.

October 2013, Brian Pazuengo
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We congratulate Brian Pazuengo, age 17 of Logan Heights, as the October recipient of the Mongoose Spirit Award!  As Brian enters his junior year at King-Chavez Community High School, he is working hard to keep up his grades and citizenship. His participation in numerous activities, including the 'Walk to Defeat ALS', MADD's 'Operation Sticker Shock', and numerous weekend boxing shows and events, is a great example of what we expect and appreciate from our dedicated participants.  Lastly, Brian's attendance in both the Gym and the Learning Center demonstrates his sincere appreciation of ABC and all staff, coaches, volunteers, and fellow participants.

September 2013, Armando Castillo
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We congratulate Armando Castillo, age 15 of City Heights, the September recipient of our monthly 'Mongoose Spirit Award'!  Armando has been a dedicated participant at the ABC Youth Foundation for two years, upholding the four core areas of this award.  He is entering his sophomore year at Health Sciences High and Middle College where he is excelling academically. He has participated in numerous ABC activities including the "Bridging the Gap" Break Program and a three day training on conflict resolution and management by the National Conflict Resolution Center.  He serves as a role model to his peers and demonstrates great respect to all adults and instructors.

August 2013, Taekeyah Calhoun
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Congratulations to our first recipient for August 2013, Taekeyah Calhoun, age 17 of Mountain View, CA!  Taekeyah has been a dedicated participant at the ABC Youth Foundation for over a year and a half, upholding the four core standards of this award.  She is entering her senior year at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where she is excelling academically, as well as regularly attending ABC's After School Learning Center and Boxing Program.  She has participated in numerous volunteer opportunities such as the 2013 La Jolla Half Marathon and the 2012 Rx Drug Abuse Conference Panel in which she addressed over 200 guests about youth drug use in the community.  She serves as a role model to her peers and demonstrates great respect to all adults and instructors. 

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