The United Community Center offers a wide variety of athletic activities for both the students of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School and the greater community.
Youth baseball program participation is through the Felix Mantilla Little League, sponsored by the Brewers Community Foundation. Through participation with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Felix Mantilla has been included in Badges for Baseball, a program that pairs police officers with young athletes to enhance both the athletes’ understanding of the game and the relationship between the kids and police as a preventative initiative. Often the youth and the participating authorities share lessons in teamwork, communication, leadership, and respect that builds relationships for years to come.
One of UCC’s most notable and distinguished athletic programs is the UCC Boxing Club which has been run by Israel “Shorty” Acosta for close to three decades. Shorty has been helping to mold champions since he was still participating as an amateur boxer, and his capability to coach and mentor athletes of all ages. A number of the fighters have competed in regional, national, and international competitions, including Golden Gloves tournaments and the US Olympic Trials. UCC's boxing program has had an increasing number of female athlete participants over the last number of years.
Shorty was recently recognized at Cerveceros Day at Miller Park and the 25th Annual Fiesta Tailgate, by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, in partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers, for his dedication to area youth at a special pre-game ceremony.
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