Ray Rinaldi's long association with boxing dates back to his days in the Army when in 1954, he became the head coach and trainer of the division boxing team in Germany. His boxer traveled throughout the European Theater of Operation amassing a winning record. An amateur boxer as a youth (28 wins and 2 losses), his professional career was thwarted when he received a severe head injury when struck by a car. This setback was only temporary as Ray has been actively involved in boxing for over 50 years as an elite coach and trainer with the Golden Gloves Association of America, the country’s foremost organization for amateur boxing. His most recent local imprints has been with the North Area Athletic Club, an educational and training base for a very diverse range of kids. Many of the youths who frequent the Pond Street facility are inner city youth with limitless energy with too much free time to channel their frustrations towards positive direction. The facility boasts a champion classes training venue that have been used by hundreds of kids under Ray’s direction. Besides boxing, the club also offers drug and alcohol counseling, teen issues counseling, conflict resolution counseling and a GED program.
Ray has received many awards for his dedication to young people. Those include the Post Standard Achievement Award, The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Man of the Year from the Knights of Columbus and Lion of the Year from the North Syracuse Lions Club. In 2004, Ray was inducted into the Northside Hall of Fame.
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