The mission of the Archie Moore, Anybody Can Youth foundation is to empower San Diego’s inner-city youth to face life’s challenges without cowardice but with courage and dignity.
The program offers a positive alternative to the prevalent drug and gang violence in the communities we serve. Boxers maintain focus and determination as they work with their peers and ABC’s coaches. Many people may remember our previous head coach, Art Wilson, who worked with Billy Moore for over two decades. Together they produced boxing champions and, more importantly, well-rounded individuals. Our new Coach, David Torres, and other volunteer coaches are now at the helm and here to guide our youth to reach both their athletic and life goals.
Mr. Moore has been a highly touted member of the boxing community for over thirty years. He has worked with and trained the best there is. Mr. Moore has been the President and CEO of the ABC Youth Foundation for the past thirteen years, since the passing of his father Archie Moore who founded the organization in 1957. Mr. Moore has touched the lives of hundreds of youth and been a large part of many of them becoming successful and productive members of society. He has been a Boxing Color Analyst and Commentator on numerous boxing broadcasts. He has been an active member of the San Diego community for over thirty years and continues to give back. Mr. Moore has a passion for world missions and has traveled to more that thirty countries.
Terence L. Shigg is a retired federal law enforcement officer (27 years) and a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist. For 20 years, he was a leader in the largest federal labor union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). His education includes a BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from National University. In 2012, he was honored with a Leadership award from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, San Diego for his role in developing and presenting suicide awareness training. He has been trained in Blue Courage (bluecourage.com), HeartMath (Heartmath.com), Critical Incident Skills Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). He served as the president of a local labor union (AFGE Local 1613) and vice president of a national labor council (National Border Patrol Council). Terence developed relationships with national and local politicians, leaders, and organizations. He is active in his church (The Rock – sdrock.com) and volunteers as a community chaplain
Francesca is from Rome, Italy. She came to ABC Youth Foundation to work as a project manager and help the community. She is building her skills while she works towards her master’s degree in Sports Management.
Her career in combat sports started when she decided to change from equestrian to kickboxing. She is an active boxing and kickboxing athlete. She has been participating in the sport for the last 22 years.
LeMar Slater is a testament to the effectiveness of ABC on young minds. Born in San Diego, LeMar benefited not only from ABC Boxing as taught by Instructor Billy Moore, but also the Ole Mongoose himself, World Champion of the Ring, and ABC creator, Archie Moore. Receiving this powerful training as a youth, LeMar was able to navigate schools and neighborhoods where gangs and drug activity were the norms and graduated as a class valedictorian. LeMar studied in the shadows of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at historic Morehouse College, a school with a rich tradition of producing men who are leaders with integrity. As an honors graduate of Mathematics and an instructor, LeMar has returned to his home in San Diego to continue to the legacy of ABC. LeMar Slater is currently enrolled in graduate studies at San Diego State University. He has taught courses at La Jolla Country Day School, UCSD High School AVID Summer Sessions, and the Southern Sudanese Community Center. He is an active member of Bethel Baptist Church and is proud to have as a younger brother, Mr. Leroy Slater, as both a fellow ABC and Morehouse Graduate.
Shelia Malveaux has over 40 years of experience in the field of education. She has spent the majority of this time working with inner-city youth from ages two thru adult education. She was very instrumental with developing a parent involvement program for the parents at the elementary school. She also helped implement a program that empowered girls to build character and confidence in themselves. She also served as the founder and administrator of a charter school for 7 years. Ms. Malveaux implemented a tutoring program on Saturdays for students struggling in their academics and a Saturday science program for the children at the charter school. She led the teachers and staff to always believe that each child has value and can achieve whatever they put their minds to do.
Over the past 5 years Shelia Malveaux has become involved with the ABC Youth Foundation. She has volunteered for the afterschool program and tutored children in their need areas. She has coordinated the ABC, “Bridging the Gap Summer Program” which exposed the youth to opportunities for success. Shelia Malveaux has dedicated her life to working with the youth of San Diego and continues to advocate on their behalf