The Jerry Ortiz Memorial Boxing & Youth Fitness Gym is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for children and at-risk youth in the San Gabriel Valley area by promoting physical activity and good sportsmanshiip in a safe environment.
Boxing and Fitness programs at the gym, as well as recreational activities, encourage and motivate young people to exercise and grow in their personal and physical development and provide the knowledge necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices. Under the guidance of a competent and caring staff, program participants benefit from lessons about self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork and respect for others.
The Jerry Ortiz Memorial Boxing & Youth Fitness Gym honors the memory of former El Monte resident Jerry Ortiz, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Killed in the line of duty on June 24, 2005. Jerry Ortiz was an avid Boxer, a Brave man, a loving husband, a dedicated father and, abocve all else, a hero.
Honoring a Hero
On June 24, 2005, Deputy Jerry Ortiz was shot and killed after knocking on a door during an investigation.