Meet the California Police Youth Charities
California Police Youth Charities was incorporated as a non-profit organization in June of 2002. Since that time, we have grown rapidly and consistently to a point where we feel we are making some real positive changes in the lives of kids throughout the State of California.
CPYC’s Board of Directors is made up of a mix of businessmen, law enforcement officers, and professional athletes, all with a common goal of providing opportunities for children who may otherwise not get those opportunities.
We have associated ourselves with organizations such as the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League, the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s in an effort to provide kids with a chance to be kids. We want to bridge a gap that exists between police officers and kids within many of our communities. This is done by offering productive activities run by positive role models, while having fun, but also making sure that a message is sent to these kids that drugs, alcohol and gang violence are not the answers to daily problems within their young lives. We will stress education, respect for others and tolerance among our fellow human beings. Through many of CPYC’s programs, we bring in professional athletes and uniformed police officers to speak to kids about these very issues.
CPYC, through our celebrity advisory board, has made many influential contacts among high profile people in the sports and entertainment world. From Hollywood stars to Hall of Fame Athletes, we have gathered the attention of these people because they understand what CPYC’s message is and what it will take to get the message out to those that need it the most.
We cannot accomplish this without the help of business and individual contributors. We thank you for your support and your interest in California Police Youth Charities and look forward to a bright future for California’s kids! Call (916) 409-2293 to donate or learn how you can get involved.
CPYC Board of Directors
At California Police Youth Charities (CPYC), we’re proud to have a Board of Directors that is made up of businessmen, law enforcement officers, and professional athletes. Each member is dedicated to our goal of providing opportunities for children in need.
Alameda Police Department
Lt. Munoz has served as CPYC Board President since 2015. He has spent his entire law enforcement career with the Alameda Police Department and is a past president of the California Narcotics Officers Association and a former P.O.S.T. Commissioner, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Lt. Munoz brings a level of professionalism combined with a real sense of community and is highly respected amongst his peers in the law enforcement community.
Tony Gonzales has been involved with CPYC programs for many years. As the team photographer for the Oakland Raiders, he has lent his expertise in the field of photography to document many of CPYC’s programs. Tony joined the CPYC Board of Directors in 2015.
Capitola Police Department
Chief McManus grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but moved to San Diego when he joined the San Diego Police Department after his college graduation. He spent the next 30 years working his way up to Assistant Chief of Police at San Diego PD before leaving that department to become the Chief of Police in the coastal city of Capitola, California. Chief McManus is heavily involved in community policing and believes wholeheartedly in the CPYC Mission of bridging the gap between kids and cops. Chief McManus has been a Board Member of CPYC since its incorporation in 2002.
Stan Hellekson is a lifelong businessman who started his own fishing equipment company when he was in high school. After successfully selling his company, Stan travelled the world fly fishing before settling down with his family in Roseville, California. Stan is currently in sales and spends most of his free time volunteering as a coach and mentor to youth.
Brawley Police Department (Retired)
Chris Eaton is a retired Sergeant from the Brawley, California Police Department. He spent nearly 15 years in his law enforcement career before retiring. Chris is the founder of California Police Youth Charities and has an extensive background in law enforcement/youth non-profit organizations and management. Chris is a former elected member of the California Police Activities League and the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) as well as the former founder and Executive Director of the Brawley PAL. A former City Councilmen and current Private Investigator, Chris spends much of his time working to create better lives for children within our State. Chris has also lent his time to assisting children living in extreme poverty in countries such as Cuba and Honduras.
Alameda Police Department (Retired)
Greg Garrett retired from the Alameda Police Department several years ago with the rank of Lieutenant. Greg joined the CPYC Board of Directors in 2002 at the very beginning. Greg is the former head of security for the Oakland Raiders and continues to work in a security position with the team on a part time basis. Greg Garrett has been one of the most active members of CPYC’s Board when it comes to working with kids. He has spent hundreds of hours over the years interacting and mentoring youth throughout the state of California.
3X World Boxing Champion
Tony “The Tiger” Lopez is a retired professional boxer who won world championships in the Light Featherweight and Light Welterweight Divisions of professional boxing. He beat Rocky Lockridge for the IBF Super Featherweight Title which was named Ring Magazine’s “Fight of the Year” in 1988. In 1990 he became one of only a few World Champions to win their title back from the person they lost it to when he beat John John Molina for his second world title. He was named Ring Magazine’s “Comeback Fighter of the Year” after that fight. Tony won his third title when he won the WBA Lightweight title when he knocked out Joey Gamache in 1992. A huge fan favorite, especially in Northern California, Tony has lent his time and resources to giving talks to kids throughout the State of California. Tony makes appearances as many youth events on behalf of CPYC. He is currently a Bail Bondsman living in his home town of Sacramento, California.
Brawley Police Department (Retired)
Chief Gillmore retired in 2015 from the Brawley Police Department where he spent the majority of his 30 year law enforcement career. A progressive manager, Mark brought the Brawley Police Department into the modern law enforcement era after he took over as the Chief. Part of that modernization was the implementation of programs that greatly reduced youth crime by providing positive role models and productive activities for youth within his community. Chief Gillmore was actively involved in many youth programs as well his church. Chief Gillmore has also been a CPYC Board Member since CPYC’s inception.
Former NFL Player
Josh Parry joined the CPYC Board in 2012. He is a former professional football player who played fullback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. Josh was the starting fullback in Super Bowl XXXIX where his Eagles narrowly lost to the New England Patriots 21-24. Josh currently coaches football at Del Oro High School in Loomis, California.
Fox Sports Radio
JT is a well known and popular sports radio host who has his own show on Fox Sports Radio. JT is syndicated in over 200 cities across America. He also does television for the Oakland Raiders as well as Podcasts and other forms of media.
Youth Programs Supported
These are just some of the tremendous youth organizations within California that we have been able to support thanks to your contributions.
1st Touch Foundation
4-H Imperial Valley
680 Water Polo
911 For Kids
Alameda Youth Football Assoc.
Ally & Izzy Foundation
Athletes & Entertainers for Kids
Bella State Fund
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Marin County
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Napa County
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Solano County
Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Club of Healdsburg
Boys & Girls Club of Manteca
Brawley Boys & Girls Club
Brawley HS Athletics
Brawley Little League
Brawley Union High School ASB
Buena High School ASB
Burn Institute of Riverside County
Calexico High School
Calipatria HS Athletics
Cameron Champ Foundation
Carmichael Little League
Child Help USA
CNOA Survivors Memorial Fund
Cops 4 Kids & Communities
Creative Visions Foundation
Cure Kids Cancer Foundation
D. Dowell Memorial Foundation
Del Campo Boosters
Del Campo HS Baseball
Del Oro High School
Destree Quintero Fund
Dyer-Kelly Elementary School
East Bay Colt 45’s
East County Wolf pack Baseball
East/West All Star Classic Vallejo
EDH Community Vision
El Cajon Youth Football & Cheer
El Camino HS
Elk Grove Jr. Thundering Herd
Elk Grove Pal
First Giving Police Unity Tour
First tee of Greater Sacramento
Fontana Lancers Youth Football & Cheer
Foothill Gold Softball
Freedom Christian School
GHS/LHS Sober Grad NightGifts to Share
Habitat for Humanity
Hemacinto Boxing Club
Hemet Explorer POST
Holtville HS Athletics
Hurricane Katrina Relief Nurse Sponsorship
Imperial Gladiators Youth Wrestling
Imperial HS Athletics
Imperial Valley Flipz
Imperial Valley Heat
Imperial Valley Softball
Junction Elementary School
Junior All American Football
Junior Livestock El Centro
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Sacramento
Kids Wish Network
La Gente Youth Boxing Club
Lincoln High School Drama Club
Lincoln Nitro Soccer
Lincoln Pink Panthers
Lincoln Pony Baseball
Lincoln Youth Basketball
Make A Difference Foundation
Make A Wish Foundation
Marysville HS Football
Matt Redding Foundation
McClatchy High School
MDA of Northern California
Mid-Valley POP Warner
Montalvo Little League
Morongo Basin Explorer POST 760
Mustang Gridiron Club
Natomas Junior Nighthawks
Oak Grove Center
Officer Chellew Memorial Fund
Palm Springs Drug prevention
Palm Springs PAL
PGM Athletic Funding
PJ O’Malley Fund
Playmakers Football Camps
Pride & Glory Boxing Club
Roseville Community School
Roseville High School
Roseville HS Basketball
Roseville Youth Soccer
Sac Razorbacks Football
Sacramento Police/Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation
Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project
San Diego DA Investigators Foundation
San Diego Star PAL
San Jacinto PAL
San Mateo County
San Pasqual HS Athletics
Save A Life Foundation
SCBBC Youth Wakeboard Camp
Sheldon High School
Shooting Star Ranch
Sierra College Beyond Diversity Club
Silver Streak Softball
Smart & Safe Foundation
Southwest HS Athletics
Special Olympics of Northern California
Stabler’s Mobile Foundation
Star 6 Foundation
T.H.E. Center (Equestrian Center)
Team California Baseball NorCal
Team California Baseball SoCal
Team California Softball NorCal
Ted Hendricks Foundation
The Go Foundation
Thomas Jefferson PTC
Tim Brown Foundation
United Way Sacramento
Valley Baptist Church Katrina Family Relocation
Valley-Wide Recreation Center
Vincent Memorial HS Athletics
Volunteer Center of Sacramento
West Hills High School
Whitney High School
William Bean Jr. Foundation
Wollum House for Abused Children
Yolo Probation Department Fish Derby
Youth For Change Educational Services
Our organization is fortunate to have the support and advice of this fine Advisory Board of well-known and respected members. Allow us to introduce them:
In his three seasons as Cornell University’s tailback, Ed Marinaro was the all-time leading rusher in IVY League history. He established eight NCAA career records and was the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting his Senior year. After being drafted into the National Football League Ed played several years for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks. After retiring from the NFL, Ed turned to acting where he portrayed such memorable characters as Officer Joe Coffey on “Hill Street Blues” and Joey Buttafuco in “Long Island Lolita.”
Doug Harvey was a National League umpire in Major League Baseball for 30 years. He was one of the most respected umpires in the game over that span, having been selected to work 5 World Series, 6 All Star games and 9 National League Championship Series. Doug umpired 4,888 games in his career. He received the highest honor that could be bestowed upon a major league umpire when he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2010.
Jeff Clark is one of the world’s most accomplished “Big Wave” surfers. Jeff grew up in Half Moon Bay, California and was the first person to ever ride a surfboard at the famed “Mavericks” surf in Half Moon Bay. Once thought unsurfable due to the massive 60-foot waves and treacherous reef and rocks surrounding the area, Jeff overcame these “insurmountable” obstacles and braved the unknown. He rode the Mavericks waves alone for fifteen years before any other surfer was documented taking the challenge. Jeff has surfed the biggest waves on earth and a recent major motion picture was made documenting his life as a founding big wave rider. The movie, “Riding Giants”, was seen on the big screen for months and is now available on DVD.
Jenifer “All American” Alcorn recently retired as World Champion from women’s professional boxing. As one of the top female boxers in the world, Jenifer was instrumental in revolutionizing the sport of women’s boxing and creating a positive perception of the sport. She ended her professional career with a record of 18 wins, 0 losses with 11 wins coming by way of knockout. She is a three-time World Champion having won the WIBA, WBF and WIBF World Lightweight Titles.
Tommy Shane Steiner
He’s a real cowboy with deep Texas roots, but Tommy Shane Steiner is just as comfortable in Hollywood hanging out on the famed Sunset Strip as he is at home in Austin working the cattle with the rest of the family. With musical influences that include George Jones, Elton John and Alabama to Aerosmith and Limp Bizkit, this country singer hit the charts running with his 2002 release of his debut CD “Then Came the Night.” The first single released, “What if she’s an Angel” soared up the charts making Tommy Shane Steiner an instant star. Tommy’s famous family includes a father and grandfather who are inducted members of the Cowboy Hall of Fame as well as a brother, Sid Steiner, who was the 2002 NFR Steer Wrestling Champion. We are proud to call Tommy Shane a friend and we are honored to have him on our “Celebrity Advisory Board.”
Joe Cortez is probably the most recognizable boxing referee in the fight game today. He has refereed more than 160 World Championship bouts with no end in sight. Joe has been the man in charge of the ring during bouts involving such great fighters as: Julio Cesar Chavez, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, George Foreman and Oscar De La Hoya just to name a few. Prior to becoming a professional boxing referee, Joe was a two-time Gold Glove Champion compiling an amateur boxing record of 43 wins and 2 losses. He turned pro as a fighter and was 18 and 1 when he retired. Joe has been inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. He is a huge supporter of spinal cord research and many other programs involving the positive mentoring of young people. Joe was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, along with Mike Tyson, Sylvester Stallone & Julio Cesar Chavez in 2011.
Lorenzo Lynch grew up in Oakland, California aspiring to play professional football for the Oakland Raiders, his hometown team. After attending college and playing football at Sacramento State University, Lorenzo began an 11-year career with in the National Football League. Lorenzo played for the Bears and Cardinals before he made his ultimate dream come true while finishing his career with the Raiders. Lorenzo holds the NFL record for the longest overtime touchdown at 72 yards.
Ted Kwalick played college football and was named Penn State University’s first two-time All American in any sport, after accomplishing this feat both his Junior and senior year. Ted was fourth in the Heisman voting his Senior year making him one of the best college football players in history. Ted was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. He was named to Sports Illustrated’s “Team of the Century” as one of the greatest college football players in history. Ted played Tight End for 9 seasons in the National Football League. He was a 1st round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers and was named to three Pro Bowls. Ted was also a member of the Oakland Raiders for several years including their 1976 Super Bowl Champion team. He was inducted to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
“The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Ken Shamrock grew up in a home for troubled kids. As an abandoned child, living on the streets, he was taken in and adopted by the man who ran the group home where he spent his youth. Ken went on to channel his youthful aggressions, becoming one of the most respected mix-martial arts fighters in the world. Ken Shamrock began his fighting career in Japan, participating in the Japanese Pancrase shoot fighting tournaments. Ken was named the first “King of Pancrase” which was quite an honor in the popular Japanese sport. Ken came back to the United States and competed in the newly formed Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Ken lost a close fight in the Championship fight to UFC Legend Royce Gracie in the first UFC. After a few UFC fights, Ken was crowned the first ever UFC Super Fight Champion after defeating Dan Severin.
Ken spent time in the World Wrestling Federation where he won the WWF World Tag Team Championship with his partner The Big Boss Man. He enjoyed a great career in Professional Wrestling, even being named Most Improved Wrestler in 1997 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine as well as winning the 1998 King of the Ring and the WWF Intercontinental Championship; Ken founded the Lion’s Den which is a group dedicated to training world class mixed martial art fighters. He has written two books and made appearances in numerous television shows and film.
Ken has four children and three stepchildren and is involved in youth charities involving kids with similar upbringings such as the one that he experienced. It is such an honor for California Police Youth Charities to have an advisor who directly knows the needs of those very kids we are trying to reach and who can show the ways to overcome their circumstances through hard work, passion and a drive to succeed.
Brande Roderick is widely considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. Brande grew up in Sonoma County in the California wine country. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career after attending junior college. While in LA, Brande began as a spokes model before landing appearances on television shows such as Babylon 5, Beverly Hills 90210, The New Love Boat, Jesse, and Just Shoot Me. Her big break came when she was offered the starring role as Leigh Dyer on Baywatch Hawaii, beating out hundreds of others for the role.
Since Baywatch Hawaii, Brande has been seen on Celebrity Fear Factor, The Surreal Life, The Game Show Marathon and has been seen in the Major Motion Picture Starsky & Hutch with Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller as well as “Hood of Horrors” starring Snoop Dogg. Brande appeared on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice in 2009, where she won $168,000 for her charity, California Police Youth Charities. She has recently written and released a book titled “Bounce Don’t Break – Brande’s Guide to Life, Love and Success.” Although her outward beauty is undeniable, what those who don’t know Brande may not know is what a kind, funny and down-to-earth person she is. Her inner beauty surpasses her stunning outward appearance and we at California Police Youth Charities are pleased to have Brande as a Celebrity Advisor.
David Garibaldi is one of the Nation’s hottest new artist/entertainers. His high energy Rhythm & Hue Show, where he paints on stage to music, six foot portraits of pop icons and sports celebrities in six minutes or less is an amazing sight to see. David has performed all over the country, including the Playboy Mansion, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and on MTV, NBC, UPN and the WB. David has had much of his art published and he sells originals and prints of his work out of his gallery located in Sacramento, California. David has also created a painting that was seen as a backdrop for the popular video game “NFL Street” created by EA Sports.
After being born in Los Angeles, David was raised in the Sacramento area where he continues to reside. It is only a matter of time before David Garibaldi is a household name in the world of art. David is a huge supporter of youth in his community and has performed at numerous CPYC functions and other charitable events. David recently placed fourth on America’s Got Talent and has been performing in Las Vegas with the AGT show.
Lester Hayes #37
Known as the “Judge” during his playing days with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Lester Hayes ruled the secondary better than most. In fact, he is widely considered one of the best corner backs to play in the National Football League. Lester was known for his “bump & run” style of play and paired with Mike Haynes to form one of the best cornerback tandems in NFL history. He was also widely known for his use of “stickum” which was a sticky substance that he spread all over his jersey, arms and hands in an effort to have more control over the ball. He learned this trick from his teammate and Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff.
Lester was an All American safety at Texas A&M and was converted to cornerback after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1977. He won two Super Bowls with the Raiders and was selected to five Pro Bowls during his career. In 1980, Lester Hayes led the NFL with 13 interceptions and was named AP Defensive Player of the Year. He is tied for the Raider record for career interceptions with a total of 39. Lester has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame several years in row.
Rick Barry played professional basketball for 14 seasons. He is the only player ever to lead the NCAA, NBA and ABA in scoring. His name appears atop of practically every all-time offensive list. He scored more than 25,000 points in his career and averaged more than 30 points in four seasons. Rick was named to twelve All Star appearances, four All-NBA Teams, and five All-ABA Teams. Rick was a nearly unstoppable offensive juggernaut, a passionate competitor with an insatiable desire to win. He was also known for his underhanded style of shooting free throws which allowed him to shoot a NBA record 90% from the line. Rick was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary ALL-Time team. He was honored with his induction into the Professional Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Rick continues his passion of working with youth and has spent time talking to kids at CPYC events. We are excited to have such a great, legendary athlete as a part of our organization.
From All-Pro athlete to White House aide, Nick Lowery is a true Renaissance man. Nick was honored in 2010 by being inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. Nick has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a record setting career as a place kicker with the Kansas City Chiefs. Nick set NFL records for accuracy and for most field goals. He was chosen to seven All-NFL teams and kicked the game winning points in three NFL Pro Bowls and 15 NFL games.
Nick graduated from Dartmouth University and is also the first professional athlete to graduate with a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the only person to work for both President Clinton and President Bush in the White House Office of National Service. Nick won the prestigious NFL Player’s Association humanitarian award, The Byron R. “Whizzer” White Award. He is the founder of Native Vision and Nation Building for Native Youth and is the Vice Chair of the National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education.
His radio show, Head Games, can be heard daily on Sirius Radio. Nick Lowery has a passion for helping kids from all walks of life. Nick is a fiery, passionate speaker who has graced CPYC events with his positive message about making good choices and choosing the right path in life. We are truly honored to have Nick lend his expertise in youth endeavors to the California Police Youth Charities.
Michael “Butch” Johnson played wide receiver in the National Football League for ten seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. Butch played an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Championship in Super Bowl XII. He caught a 45 yard Roger Staubach pass for a touchdown. In Super Bowl XIII, one year later, he caught another touchdown. This made Butch only the second person to catch touchdown passes in back to back Super Bowls. Butch made famous the “California Quake” touchdown dance where he simulated pulling guns from their holsters and shaking rapidly. Butch’s younger brother Van Johnson, was a Motor Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department who was killed in the Line of Duty. We salute Van and his family for their sacrifice and we salute Butch for continuing to support youth in California.
Scott Michael Campbell
Scott Michael Campbell continues to prove himself as one of the hardest working and most versatile actors of his generation. He was most recently seen in Ang Lee’s Oscar winning Brokeback Mountain, opposite Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as the award winning Sundance Film Festival sensation, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, as ‘Nerf’, Robert Downey, Jr.’s down and out, methadone-addicted childhood friend.
Scott began his film career early on when he was hand-picked by George Lucas to star as the overly excited ‘Billy Budget’ in Radioland Murders. Shortly after, he went to work on Warren Beatty’s Bulworth with Halle Berry and followed that up with Hart’s War opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell. Scott continued his growing film career with a memorable role in Twentieth Century Fox’s Flight of the Phoenix opposite Dennis Quaid as well as a multitude of high-profile independent features such as the recent biopic, Crazy, about legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland and American Gothic with Patrick Wilson and Neil McDonough. He most recently completed working on the two highly anticipated independent features, Throwing Stars and Small Town Saturday Night.
Scott continues to amass an impressive, ever-growing list of television credits as well. His early career included a recurring role on NBC’s ER as ‘EMT Reilly Brown’, The West Wing, Chicago Hope, Crossing Jordan, Frasier, and the critically acclaimed ABC series Nothing Sacred. Scott also starred in Salma Hayek’s directorial debut The Maldonado Miracle for Showtime opposite Peter Fonda. This year alone, he has been seen in such top rated and acclaimed shows as House, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Shark, NCIS, 24, and The Shield.
Throughout his career Scott has worked with such esteemed talent as Bruce Willis, Robert Altman, Robin Williams, Joel Silver, Ang Lee, George Clooney, Salma Hayek, Martin Sheen, George Lucas and many others. He continues to effortlessly make the transition between comedy and drama, film and television, and build an intensely diverse and eclectic body of work.
Originally from Missoula, Montana, Scott moved to Los Angeles immediately after high school to attend the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Rick began his acting journey out of Calgary, Alberta Canada where he met and married his wife Michelle in 1994. After one short year experimenting with the local scene, Rick set out for Vancouver where things started to shine. Rick began to work on many television and film roles, which eventually led to an audition for Steven Spielberg. This series of events led Rick to many more film and television roles including ‘Hart’s War’ with Bruce Willis, The underwater thriller, “The Cave” as well as many more films and television roles. He has been seen on “Desperate Housewives,” “24” and CSI to name a few. He has recently been seen on recurring roles on television’s Smallville and Showtime’s Weeds. Rick played football in college and is also a second-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Jason London has been acting for many years. He caught his first big break while playing the lead character “Pink” in the film “Dazed & Confused.” He has starred in many films including Dracula II Ascension and Dracula III Legacy. Jason has starred in Alien vs. Alien and numerous television shows. He has a twin brother Jeremy who spent three years starring on the television hit series 7th Heaven. Jason currently resides in the Los Angeles area and is continuing his acting career.
The “Nigerian Nightmare” was an All-Pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. At 250 pounds, Christian punished NFL defenses with his bruising style of running. He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl twice and was named the 1989 NFL Alumni Offensive MVP. Christian, by way of Nigeria, Africa, attended Azusa Pacific College in the Los Angeles area where he was a star on the football team as well as Track & Field. Christian was a seven time National Collegiate Champion in the Discus, Hammer Throw and Shot Put events. Christian currently owns his own fitness company, Okoye Fitness, and is the founder of the California Sports Hall of Fame.
Shane Lechler is the Punter for the Houston Texans and formerly was an All Pro Punter for the Oakland Raiders. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2000 draft out of Texas A&M University. While at Texas A&M, Shane set the All-Time NCAA record for career punting average. Shane was an All American his freshman year, All Big 12 his sophomore year, Sporting News All American Team his Junior year and AP 1st Team All American his Senior year. He also had no punts blocked or returned for touchdowns during his entire collegiate career. As a pro, Shane currently holds the All-Time NFL career punt average mark as well as the record for having 33 consecutive games in which he kicked a punt over 50 yards. Shane has already been named All Pro six times and has been named to seven Pro Bowls. He continues his amazing career as the best Punter in NFL history.
Shane donates his time and efforts to several charitable groups and we are proud to have such an outstanding athlete and person on our Celebrity Advisory Board.
Robert Thomas was the #1 linebacker in the country recruited to college during his senior year of high school in Imperial, California. He was named to the Parade All-American team as well as the USA Today 1st team All American team. Robert went to UCLA where he became one of the best linebackers in the nation at the collegiate level. Robert was a finalist for the Butkus Award both his Junior and Senior year of college. This award is given to the best linebacker in NCAA football.
Robert was a 1st round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2002. He played for three years with the Rams, one year with the Green Bay Packers and has spent the last two years with the Oakland Raiders. Robert spends countless hours working with his Foundation, the Robert Thomas Foundation, to help kids in Children’s Hospitals in different parts of the country. Because of his charitable work, Robert was a finalist for the 2003 & 2004 NFL’s Walter Camp Man of the Year Award and he has been named to the Sporting News “Good Guy” list for 2004 & 2005. He is truly one of the “Good Guys” and is all that is right about professional football. Robert’s brother, Stan, was a 1st round draft pick of the Chicago Bears and his father, Stan Sr., played professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
John Parrella was a 2nd round draft pick from the University of Nebraska during the 1993 NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills made John their selection, but he found a home with the San Diego Chargers the following year. In San Diego, John became one of the more dominate defensive tackles in the National Football League. John played 8 years with the Chargers before ending his career with the Oakland Raiders. John played a total of 13 years in the NFL, highlighted by his appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Oakland Raiders.
Danny “Lil Red” Lopez
Danny Lopez reigned over the Featherweight Division of professional boxing for many years. A feared puncher, Danny won his first 21 fights by knockout. He acquired a huge fan base due to his relentless style of fighting. Known also as “Indian Red,” Danny graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in his Indian Chief headdress. Danny fought some of the best boxers of his time such as Bobby Chacon, Ruben Olivares, David Kotey, Jose Torres and Salvador Sanchez. He ended his outstanding boxing career with a record of 42 wins, 6 losses with 39 knockouts. This is still one of the greatest knockout ratios in boxing history. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.
Norm Thompson was a first round draft pick in 1971 of the St. Louis Cardinals. He played defensive back in the NFL for nine years primarily with the Cardinals & the Colts. He was named all-pro twice. Norm was a two-time All American at the University of Utah where he was named to the Utah “All Century” Team. Norm is also credited with being the very first free agent in NFL history.
Loreto Garza began an amateur boxing career at the age of 18 years old. He became a three time Golden Gloves Champion before turning professional at the age of 21. In 1988, Garza won the WBC Americas Junior Welterweight Championship with a 1st round knockout of former world champion Harry Arroyo. A year later, Garza captured the USBA Junior Welterweight Championship over top ranked Frankie Warren. In 1990, Garza traveled to Nice, France and dethroned Juan Coggi in a huge upset to win the WBC Junior Welterweight World Championship. Garza retired from professional boxing with a career of 32 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. 28 wins came by way of knockout. He is and will always be a fan favorite in his native Northern California.
Jeff Barnes was an All American football star at the University of California. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 5th round pick of the 1977 NFL draft. Jeff played ten solid years at linebacker for the Raiders before retiring in 1987.
Known as a hardnosed, hard-hitting linebacker out of Bowling Green University, Phil Villapiano began his NFL career in 1971. He played 13 years for the Raiders and Bills, including the 1976 Super Bowl winning Raider’s team. Phil is also legendary for his well-documented act of compassion when he gave a complete stranger in a wheel chair his Super Bowl ring as motivation to walk again. The man returned the ring to Phil many months later when he walked up to Phil and handed it back. The man credits Phil and his inspiration as being the driving force behind his rehabilitation. This inspiring attitude was instrumental in many Raider victories during Phil’s career.
Mac Lane is a native of Oakland, California. He was the number 1 draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969. He led the league in scoring and was named All Pro in 1970. After four years in St. Louis, Mac went to Green Bay before finishing his career in Kansas City with the Chiefs. Known as the “Perfect 36,” in reference to his jersey number and his ability to excel in a all aspects of the running back position. Mac was a great runner, but he was also an excellent blocker and receiver out of the backfield. Mac played his college ball at Utah State University where he was named to numerous All Star teams and received many accolades. He played and coached in the Canadian Football League and was inducted into the California Junior College Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
“Wiz” was a dominating force on the offensive line of the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders for 14 years. He played guard and was selected to 8 Pro Bowls and was named AFC “Offensive Lineman of the Year” in 1989. Steve had an amazing college career at Penn State University before joining the Raiders in 1989.
Debbie Meyer joined Mark Spitz, Johnny Weismuller and Don Schollander when she was named among the world’s best swimmers of the century by sportscasters across the country. Debbie won three gold medals in the 1968 Olympic Games at the age of 16. She won two gold medals in the Pan AM Games at the age of 14. She held five world records simultaneously in the 200m, 400m, 800m, 880yd and the 1500m freestyle. Debbie broke 20 world records in her career and 24 American records. She won 19 National Championships from 1967 to 1971 and was named by several publications as the world’s greatest athlete.
She was the 1969 Associated Press “Athlete of the Year,” becoming the only amateur athlete or woman to accomplish the feat. She has been inducted into numerous sports and swimming Halls of Fame and numerous accolades such as being named one of the top 100 Olympians in the history of the modern games. She was voted athlete of the century in Sacramento in 1999.
Eddie Money attended the New York City Police Academy in the 1970’s to follow in the law enforcement footsteps of father, grandfather and brother, who were New York City cops. After a brief stint with the NYPD, Eddie decided to follow his dream of being a rock star. He moved to California and thus began a long and lasting career of making hit Rock N Roll records. Eddie has written and recorded some of the most memorable rock songs of the 1970’s and 1980’s including “Baby Hold On, Two Tickets to Paradise, Think I’m In Love, Shakin, and Take Me Home Tonight.” Eddie continues to tour with his band and performs about sixty shows a year. He is very active in youth charities including Pediatric Aids Research.
Rod Martin played for the Oakland/LA Raiders from 1977 to 1988. He played in two Super Bowls with the Raiders, intercepting a record three passes in Super Bowl XV against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. Rod was JUCO All American and California Defensive Player of the Year before transferring to USC where he led the PAC Ten in tackles. Rod played in the Rose Bowl in 1976.