ABC’s teach life lessons
Posted: Feb 25, 2015 8:26 PM CST
Updated: Feb 25, 2015 9:20 PM CST
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The ABC’s mean something different to these school kids. It’s a prevention program that teaches kids to say ‘no’ to making bad choices and it’s helping them deliver a knock-out punch to gangs and rugs.
“Any Body Can,” a foundation that instills life lessons in kids at critical ages, was created by Billy Moore’s father, boxer Archie Moore more than 50 years ago.
Billy travels to schools like the Evangeline Roberts Academy of Learning several times a week.
A lot of these kids need mentors and guidance at this critical time in their growing up.
“Be part of a gang, not be part of a gang, use drugs, don’t use drugs, this is an opportunity to get something stuck in their head … those are bad choices” said Shelia Malveaux, principal at Evangeline Roberts.
What does this mean to the kids?
“He has patience with us, he shows us how to do stuff, gives people second chances that’s what I really love about instructor Moore,” said Jair Mayo, a 6th grade student.
“I see shootings, robbings, it’s not making good choices, I turn around and walk the other way,” said Malik Jones, a 6th grade student.
ABC uses backing as a backdrop for the kids to learn life skills and strategies so they can de-escalate their own situations.
“If you are angry you could punch a bag to let off some steam,” said TJ Allen Gordon, a 4th grade student.
As a boxing trainer for many years, Billy Moore uses the ring to build physical strength and words to build mental strength.
He has a dream to put ABC in every city in the country for America’s future.
“We’re that net that catches those who fall back into the sea. And then teach them how to step off with their best foot forward, without cowardice but with courage and dignity,” Moore said.
“Think of your two paths. You have one that leads you to be not smart. And the other that leads you to be what you want to be,” Malik Jones added.
The ABC method is repeating a mantra – a creed – so that when it comes time to make a decision, it’s second nature for these kids to do the right thing.