This past Friday at Curie High School on Chicago’s southwest side, IBF junior middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina and WBA # 6 rated heavyweight “Fast” Fres Oquendo entertained hundreds of high school students and their families at Curie’s annual community Fall Festival by signing autographs, posing for photos and telling boxing stories.
“This year’s event was our most successful to date,” said Curie assistant principal and event organizer Laura Cottrell. “We had a terrific turnout and the appearances of Fres and Carlos coupled with the media for Cliff’s signing made it a night to remember for the Curie community.”
Each year, Curie’s Fall Festival features dozens of student and community sponsored booths that provide face painting, games and snacks as well as information on community health organizations and the importance of recycling and using alternative forms of energy. This year’s Fall Festival had the added benefit of featuring two of Chicago’s best and most beloved boxers in Molina and Oquendo as well as the presence of local and national media outlets covering Curie senior Cliff Alexander’s signing to the University of Kansas. Alexander was one of the top-ranked power forwards in High School.
“This is an amazing event, and it feels really good to give back to my neighborhood. I am grateful for the invite,” said Molina, who was raised and still lives minutes from Curie.
Oquendo, who does a considerable amount of outreach through his Fres Oquendo Boxing Academy (www.fobaintl.org), echoed Molina’s sentiments.
“These kids and their teachers are the true champions. I am very happy to be here; this is what it’s all about,” said Oquendo.
Individuals interested in more information about Curie High School should visit www.curiehs.org