I never planned to be in the construction business. As a young man, I struggled to be successful at a number of things. Frustrated, I started working as a painter. I didn’t possess any technical skills or much of an education. I barely graduated high school. I knew I could swing a paint brush, some- thing I learned from my father. Istarted painting apartments, eventually had my own crew, and then founded a small business. After 10 years and founding multiple businesses, the need for a greater type of success became evident. My life had changed and so had my passion for business.
In 2014, the UR Hope Foundation was formed to change and impact lives. This desire initially came through the founding of our fi t Ring of Hope Boxing Club in south Dallas.
I grew up around boxing and wanted to see this sport provide discipline and direction to innercity youth. I was tired of seeing lives cut short or wasted by the infl of drugs, alcohol and gang violence. The next generation is our future. We opened the fi t Ring of Hope Boxing Club in 2010 to provide a place for the youth of Dallas to build physical and spiritual discipline, and to get mentoring support that gives them a hope for a better future. Each week, kids are off exercise, boxing instructions from professional trainers and life skills coaching in a safe and encouraging environment.
Through building relationships and Bible study, they learn their incredible value in the eyes of God. The Ring of Hope Boxing Club is open to boys and girls from across Dallas. Some teens compete in local, state and national boxing championship matches. Five years later, we have two clubs (Dallas and The Colony) and are actively expanding into new states with a goal of national impact. We are always looking for partners to join this fi with us. Our annual Night to Fight, coming up on February 23, 2017, raises funds to benefi Ring of Hope Boxing Club. Join us for our next great night of sanctioned boxing to support the Ring of Hope. We will once again convert the Frontiers of Flight Museum into a boxing venue and enjoy a great night of food, boxing and fundraising. Table sponsorships are now available. Beyond the Ring of Hope, I knew there was more we can and should do.
For our companies to have success with sig- nifi we must invest in our communities with time, money and manpower. Today, the UR Hope Foundation partners with over 15 non-profi organizations and ministries to directly impact the world around us. We believe that doing business with this kind of passion is not only for us but for other companies as well. We hope that our example might inspire others to do the same. If not us,then who?