Exclusive Get Hungry - Stay Hungry Interview:  Rev. Servando Perales / Victory Boxing Club

(7-17-2014)

GHSH: I'm here with Servando Perales. He's written a book called, "The Cry of a Warrior". He's got a great story, a great journey, a great walk - and he's going to share it with us. Servando, thanks for having me here today.

SP: I appreciate you being here.  Thank you.

GHSH: Now you've showed me your gym. You have a great story about the gym, you have a great story about your book, you have a great story about your life - let's just start from the beginning. Tell us about when you grew up, your family life, and your neighborhood life around south Omaha.

SP: Sure. When I first came here it was in 1970. I think I was only 1. Growing up on 1010 D Street down the street from Rosenblatt Stadium I met some friends pretty fast. At that time there wasn't too many hispanics around, Mexican people around, in the early 70's, but you know I made some really good friends with a couple of kids from the neighborhood and naturally we were experimental.  We were doing a lot of crazy stuff you know. We were experiencing a lot of different things. Some of us came from broken homes. To make a long story short - we were having fun. We were jumping the fence at the zoo, we were jumping the fence at Rosenblatt Stadium - the College World Series, we were jumping the fence at the Spring Lake swimming pool. We were doing everything that was against the law if you will (laughing), but we were just a bunch of kids having fun. We were just on an adventure and a journey - but I made some really close friends.

GHSH: Yep, yep.  And so, your family life?

SP: Family life, it was a broken home. My father was a hard worker but he was also an alcoholic. There were times where I wanted to get out of the house just to get out of that environment. There were times where I remember waking up to my mothers screams where he's come home drunk and was bustin' up the house and slapping her around - making her get up and make him some food. Us kids would run upstairs and hide under the bed. You know, that was how I really found boxing, because my older brothers was at the Downtown Boxing Club and I kind of followed him to the gym. I think it was just an outlet I was looking for - to get out you know. And technically, in summer when I wasn't in school I was playing baseball also, but really just getting out and hanging out with my friends and being up to no good. At the age of 12 my dad just finally up and left. He couldn't take the pressure. We tried the treatment - we tried to get him into treatment. In the book it talks about him and my older brother, finally, my older brother stood up to him on hitting my mother and it was the last time he ever hit her. They got into it and it was something that a little kid at my age should never have to see - 11 or 12 years old - but I did. Shortly there after he just packed up and left. That's kind of the environment that I grew up in. My brothers, naturally, they didn't have any guidance.  My mom, bless her heart, she raised 7 kids by herself, by the grace of God, but she had no control over us. I saw what my older brothers were doing. They were smoking, partying, having parties, going to parties - I'd jump in my brothers car and hide in the back seat and we'd show up at the party and I'd jump out and they'd be like, "Oh man, I'm not going to take you home - oh, just come inside". That's how I grew up you know.

GHSH: What age did you start boxing?

SP: Actually, I started boxing at 9 years old.

GHSH: Where did that take you? For how many years and in what direction did that take you?

SP: For the first 3 years I was very, very successful. Actually for probably the first 5 or 6 years I was very successful. I won some national tournaments and regional tournaments. I was the only fighter from the state of Nebraska to win a national Silver Gloves tournament. At a very early age I got runner up when I was 14. Boxing was my life. Baseball in the summer and boxing in the winter. It was kind of a seasonal thing but it was really something that I clinged to. When I was 9 to 12 my dad would periodically come to the fights but when he did he was too busy ... drunk - to probably even remember the fight. After he had left that was when I really started to rebel but boxing was still my outlet. The head coach there (Downtown Boxing Club) Kenny Wingo kind of took on my father figure if you will. When I broke my leg, sled riding, when I was 12, Kenny would come and pick me up. Although I couldn't train he would still take me to the gym so I could be around the boxers and be around the older boxers I looked up to. But once I got my cast off it was right back to boxing - business as usual for me.

Victory Boxing Club 1GHSH: That brings up a question; What's your opinion about needing a father figure? You needed one, but didn't have one, but had kind of a substitute father figure there. What do you see as the importance of having that - I can't speak about a young womans life - but obviously in a young mans life. What's your opinion about that?

SP: Oh sure. Well, there's an emptiness. There's an empty void in your heart and you try to fill it with these different things.  Kenny Wingo was a great guy. He took on that father figure for me. He helped my mom out financially. There would be tournaments that we would go to whereas my mom definitely couldn't pay for me to travel all that way to the nationals. Kenny would flip the bill for us. He saw a lot of potential - but he really cared. To be honest there was still an emptiness inside because he could never replace what I needed which was my father. I always say this when I speak to people - "I grew up without a father so my children wouldn't have to". I broke that cycle. Not only that but the physical abuse that he instilled in my life also - watching that and thinking that was ok - that's the kind of life that I lived also until I accepted Christ into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior. It was a lot of things you know, the womanizing, alcoholism, physical abuse, all those things he instilled in me. I'll tell you it took a lot of strength and with Gods power and love I was able to break those cycles. But to answer your question - no child should have to grow up without their biological father. When you win this great tournament and you've got this medal around your neck or a big trophy - you look out in the crowd and there an empty seat there. It should be filled by your father. It's tough.

GHSH: Now you're in your teenage years - which direction are you going now?

SP: To be honest with you it wasn't until I was about 16 years old that I experimented with marijuana. Everyone was doing it around me but I was like, "I'll never do drugs". When I was 14 and 15 it was all about break dancing. Break dancing was huge in my life. It was so much fun. I saw my brothers getting into trouble from smoking weed, getting arrested for being drunk, and DUI's ... and I said, "I'll never go down that path". I was very successful at boxing and I was still playing baseball. It was junior high and break dancing was everything. Girls were everything. I didn't really want anything to do with the drugs or alcohol scene and then when I turned 16 something just flipped. Everything just changed. I started hanging out with the wrong crowd. You know the old saying, "Misery loves company", well, those guys all came from broken homes also. They were searching you know. They were getting high. I thought why not? I'll try it. As soon as I did I got hooked.

GHSH: You were in high school at this point?

SP: I was a freshman in high school. Since I had a lot of friends from boxing, break dancing, baseball, and just a lot of friends from growing up in south Omaha ... well, it was one of my older brothers that actually said, "hey, you want to make some money"? We were poor. We were dirt poor. I mean, I had hand-me-downs. All of my clothes you know. We just didn't have the finer things in life. The government cheese that we would get through the WIC program - and my mom - bless her heart. But I said, "absolutely". I wanted the finer things in life. I wanted nice clothes and nice shoes. So my older brother taught me how to make money selling drugs. I started off small selling mescaline, hash, marijuana - little dime bags of marijuana. Before you know it I had a clientele and my empire was beginning in high school. That's when I took a turn for the worse. I remember as a freshman, no - as a sophomore at South High I had 7 grams of hash in my locker - in my pocket probably. Someone snitched me out. I was in gym class and they came up and got me and brought me down. I think I talk about it in the book. They said, "we know what you're up to. We know what you're doing". I had a wad of money you know. Just one dollar bills (laughing) but to me that was a lot of money to a poor kid growing up in south Omaha. I played the system and went to counseling, whatever, just to get back in school. I had a chip on my shoulders. I was a boxer. I was tough. I wasn't scared of anybody and especially a teacher. My dad was gone and I was making good money. What did I care? And that's how it all started and it started to spiral down hill. Boxing was kind of in the distance. You know, I won the first year out Golden Gloves, Most Popular Fighter, and should have went further but I wanted to party, get high, stay high, and that's all how it all started down hill.

GHSH: And where did it go at that point?

SP: At that point it was getting arrested for little stupid stuff. Being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Being at parties where we would get in fights and the cops would show up. Just crazy stuff would happen. I was making more money, selling more drugs, leading to cocaine, and then before you know it you'd get all these so-called home boys that want to work for you and want be part of your clique. Before you know it a clique forms up and you're up to no good. Now you're trying to control the drug trade in your community. You get to a point where you and your crew are watching out for other people trying to come in and that's how gangs start. That's why I give back now because I had a lot to do with the gangs starting in south Omaha. That's why I'm so passionate about helping rescue kids from that lifestyle because I was probably one of the initial gang members in the heart of south Omaha. It all started from greed and selfishness. Not thinking about my mom, not thinking about my children, not thinking about other people around me that love me, just thinking about how can I get ahead - how can I make that next quick dollar. And then somebody introduced me to methamphetamine. That's when I really started to spiral downhill. Once you do that meth ... man, there's no coming back for a lot of people. By the grace of God I've been clean for 16 years but I'll tell you, taking you back to that, you hear things - you see things - the devil ... the Bible says the devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy. But the flip side of that scripture is that Jesus Christ came that you might have life and life more abundantly. So, you got a devil/demon and you got an angel. It's more or less you have God and you have the devil and it's the one that you feed the most is the one that's going to win. And at that time when I got hooked on that meth, even my best friends or my closest friends were my enemies because it plays tricks on your mind. You think they're saying something behind your back or they're moving in on your territory or moving in on your girl - whatever - so now I was at a point where I didn't trust anyone. I was paranoid. I had a gun in every room. I'm pulling guns out on people and telling them they owed me money or they need to pay me my money. They probably didn't even owe me money but I was flipped out of my mind - up for days - just wacked out of my mind. That's where in the book I talked about some of the stabbings. By the grace of God I never killed anyone but I sure came close to killing them or killing myself on the drug abuse. On the meth. On the overdose you know. It is NOT GOOD (his emphasis) and it will definitely destroy your family and everything around you.

GHSH: Obviously you've spiraled out of control. You're hearing things that don't exist. You're probably seeing things that maybe don't exist. You're life as you know it from the past is pretty much up-side-down.

SP: Absolutely!

GHSH: This is taking you further down the wrong path. This turns into some jail time I'm guessing?

SP: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I pulled a gun out on one of my best friends that I grew up with who had previously really hurt somebody over. I mean, just because he did him wrong and I had stabbed someone for this guy ... I literally would lay my life down for this guy but yet being so strung out on meth I was paranoid and I just wanted to kill him. If he didn't pay me my money - he had one week to pay me - and that's when the cops got called. They knew I was up to no good. I had been up for days and was wacked out of my mind. I had my 9mm on me. But I think it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I was finally able to lay it down for a little while and rest, and reflect, and think about what I did and how I hurt the people around me. There's the old saying, "hurting people hurt people". You know that stemmed from way back growing up. I was hurting inside. So there I am driving with my wife, who is my wife today - at that time she was my fiance. I didn't deserve to have her. She was the best thing that ever happened to me. I physically abused her. She was the mother of 2 of my kids. And there I am ... all strung out on dope. I got her driving and I'm in this car and  I've been up for days. I've got this 9mm on me. The cops saw us and instantly did a U-turn. And now I'm seeing them come out of the woodwork. So I jump out - I take off running. There I am you know, felon in possession, running down the street with a 9mm. Jumping over cars. Cops are chasing me. "Freeze", they're drawing down on me. If I would have came around the corner, the cop told me, he would have shot me dead with that gun in my hand. Luckily I got rid of the gun before I came around there. I tried to throw it on a roof but it fell down and they found it. But that was it man ... my running days were over. That was it. I ran into a restaurant and hid in a bathroom. I'm panicking - obviously, trying to get rid of the dope. Flushing it. The gun is gone so I'm thinking, okay, I'm going to come back out and everything is going to be normal. They'll arrest me for nothing because they didn't find nothing and what have you. So, I came out and really just collapsed into this guys arms, this police officer, who I'd grown up with and went to South High with. I talk about him in the book as well. That's when he was like, "man, what are you doing"? I said, "I don't know man - I don't know. Just take me to jail because I need rest (laughing) - I need rest!" So then they arrested my wife because she told them what I told her to tell them, "I don't know the guy, I was just giving him a ride".  But they found a checkbook in the back of the vehicle with both of our names on it. So they arrested her for whatever. She gets out - I got out. It didn't stop ... it didn't stop. That day I got high when I got out. I pistol whipped somebody that night. I mean, just crazy, just wacked out of my mind. Violent. Angry. Bitter. Always thinking I had to prove something to somebody. Probably, pshhhh, maybe 4 or 5 months later I think, or a couple months later maybe is when they came to indict me and finally get me off the streets. I got an 18 month sentence. Thank God I never got busted with any dope. Thank God. Everything just racked up and they finally said, "you're going away". I said, "good", because I felt like I really needed the rest. But I didn't plan on stopping - at all, you know. When I got out it was going to be back to business as usual. I was going to catch my breath, 18 months, I'll lay this down, get out you know. A lot of my partners and crime partners - they've gone to prison for yeeears - 5, 6, 10 years, 20 years. I mean these guys were hard core criminals - "Veteranos, OG's", I respected them. I thought, jeez this was a joke, 18 months. I'm going to get out and control the drug trade again. But this time I'm going to try to stay clean though. But God had a different plan and a purpose for my life. He put somebody in my path. When I got there, it's just the most interesting story, because God knew in His infinite wisdom that He had to put somebody in my path that I trusted, respected, and looked up to. That was Frankie. Frankie Granados. Frankie had a 141/2 year sentence. He's an interesting story too. He's got a phenomenal testimony. He actually has a tattoo shop in northwest Omaha called New Creation Tattoo. He's also been out also for gosh, I'd say, over 10 years now. He's doing real good. He had found Christ. A couple years prior to, I went away in '96, in '94 me and some home boys decided just to drive to Vegas. We were getting high the whole time. We were up for days. We stopped in Colorado to visit him (Frankie) in Englewood Federal Prison. We visited him on a special visit, I don't even know how we got in, but we got in. I remember telling him, "Frank, when you get out you're getting your colors. You're stand up, we respect you". And he was happy about that. He wanted to get out and represent. Something happened in those 2 years that I didn't see him. He got born again - he found Christ. When I ran into him 2 years later, in Minnesota, that's when he started telling me about Jesus Christ and that God had a plan and a purpose for my life. You know, I just laughed at him at first.  I said, "Dude, I can do this standing on my head. I'm getting ready to come out and it's going to be back to business as usual". He just kept pursuing me. You know, there we are in Minnesota, there are 450 or 500 prisoners and I didn't know anyone and naturally I'm going to hang out with Frankie because that's my boy. But Frankie wasn't the same. He was a new creation in Christ. He was born again. We didn't talk about the old things. We talked about the new things. What God was doing in his life and he started playing the guitar, singing, and writing his own music - all christian music. He was learning some artwork. He's a very talented man. I liked Frankie - this new Frankie. It was weird and I was standoffish at first but eventually his songs began to soften my heart. He invited me to a chapel service. That's when God began to just soften my heart and stirred something up in me. These ladies, these old ladies - volunteers that came in and just began to love on me. I just wish I could go back there someday and just thank these - they're probably not even ... I don't even know ... if they're around anymore, but yeah, these 2 little ladies, they would just bring us brownies and cookies and homemade stuff into the chapel service. They were just telling me ... and I was like, "you don't know the things I've done, the people I've hurt, God can't use me". They would just hug me and hold me and just tell me how much God loved me and that God wanted to use me. I just wept you know. They softened my heart and I began to surrender my life to Christ. That's when I fell on my knees and said, "God, if you can use Frankie, you can certainly use me, because you used him to touch me. I got like 9 months so please get me out of here safely. Don't let me get stabbed or whatever. I've made enough enemies. If you're real ... use me". Shortly after that we were out in the yard playing baseball or something and Frankie said, "What do you want to do with your life - when you get out"? I said, "You know, I wanna box. I want to fight pro. I've always had a dream to fight pro". Frankie said, "Well, you better start training man because you're way out of shape". So I said, "Alright, lets do it," and so we started playing handball. For being off meth for 9 months in the county jail I blew up. I put on 25 pounds. Literally, I was up to 185. I mean I was fat. So I had to lose 25 pounds because I knew that when I got out I wanted to fight pro.  So we started training - started running - started doing wind sprints, playing softball, playing handball - I shed the 25 pounds. He said, "Alright, you're coming home. Serve God. If it's a long lost dream of yours to be a professional fighter - I'll be praying for you". He helped me. He really motivated me to get out on this new mission. I was a man on a mission now. I was coming home not only to tell everybody that God changed me but that Servando is no longer a meth addict. I'm no longer going to deal or do drugs. I'm no longer going to hurt my wife. I'm going to get married. I'm going to be a professional fighter and the champion of the world someday. So I got out and made my pro debut in '97 and won by TKO in the 2nd round. After that I racked up some wins. I was still serving God and I found a good church but it was still me, me, me, me. It was all about me. I was still kinda sorta being selfish. I wasn't thinking about God's bigger fight for me - what I was supposed to be doing. But it was a great experience. I moved to Vegas and lived in the midst of world class fighters. I trained with some world class fighters. I got an apartment and brought my wife and kids out there. To make a long story short - I fought on the undercard of the Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis, the rematch, at the Thomas and Mack Center. I fought a kid ranked 6th in the world ... and, um,  I fell short. He hit me with a body shot that paralyzed me. That's when I began to cry out to God, "Now what? I don't want to come home. I don't want to face everybody I grew up with. I'm ashamed you know. I didn't come home a world champion." And God said, "You're already a world champion - in my eyes. You've won the biggest fight of your life. The fight against drugs and alcohol and gang life. I got a bigger fight for you Servando. I want you to come home and rescue the same kids off the same streets that you once terrorized." That's when I came home and started casting vision and started telling everybody what God wanted me to do. I fought a couple more times just to rack up a couple wins, but, I just started telling everybody what I believed God wanted me to do in our community. A lot of people leave, you know, they get out - they're like, "I can't stay here, I can't take the power of the temptation. I've got to go somewhere else". And that's ok. If that works for you that's ok. But this is my ministry - this is my home - this is where I'm part responsible for starting the gang life on the streets of south Omaha. I'm a man on a mission and it's not about me anymore. It's about a greater fight, a bigger fight. Once I started telling people they were like, "yeah, yeah, whatever, whatever...". So no one would really help me at that time so I just started in my garage at my house with a few volunteers and a few boxers. My sons, 2 of my sons, were my very first boxers. Before you knew it we had 15 kids streaming out into the driveway. Then media got ahold of it. And I told you how they indicted me - well there was Virgil Patlan (police officer) who came to serve my indictment and arrest me after I had been out a couple months - well, that same police officer that I hated came to my place of employment and gave me a $2500 check. I didn't know he was a christian. I had heard that he was a christian. He told me, "my wife and I have been praying and we want you to have this. We believe in you and we're going to be praying for you - and here's a $2500 check to get you started for Victory Boxing Club". The rest is history man (laughing)!

Victory Boxing Club 2GHSH: So Victory Boxing Club has been around for how many years now?

SP: We've been around for 9 years now. Next May will be 10 years so we'll be having a huge celebration. You know, celebrating our 10 year anniversary.

GHSH: And you've got boys and girls here?

SP: Yeah, we've got boys and girls that come and train here. Predominately boys. We average about 45 or 50 kids a night.  It's pretty amazing. We have Bible studies every other Thursday. We travel all over the country competing. We've been to about 6 or 7 national tournaments. We went to the largest amateur boxing tournament in the world last year and we brought home 5 titles. So, it's pretty amazing. But the amazing thing about it is that the kids get to see what God can do in and through somebody's life who has surrendered their life to Christ. Kids are leaving the gang life and going on and graduating - going to college - going into the military. So there is a lot of success stories that we're extremely proud of coming out of Victory.

GHSH: That's great. Some of these kids are leaving and coming back to visit you?

SP: We have. We've actually had a couple kids come back to visit us. One kid came back not to long ago in his Marine uniform. He had just graduated from boot camp and was going off. Just a proud kid that was with us from day 1. Him and my son grew up together and were best friends. He had not been at boxing for 5 or 6 years but he came back because he wanted to say, "Thank you for guiding me in the right direction. You've always been a role model in my life," he said. So that was a proud moment for us - pretty awesome.

GHSH: So what is the message for Victory Boxing Club? What do you want people to know from south Omaha? What do you want people to know who are reading or listening to this on the internet? What's your message to them?

SP: Well, the reason that I wrote my book was because I knew that it was a story of redemption and a story of hope - what God can do in and through somebody's life. It's not too late. God can still use you. No matter what path you're down, what road you're taking, where you've been, what you've done, God can still heal you, He can still deliver you, and He can still set you free.

GHSH: And what if a person says, "Ummm, yeah. I really want to know Jesus but he wouldn't like who I am right now. First I need to clean up my act before I present myself to him". What would you say to that person?

SP: I would say, "Come as you are man. I was wretched. I was a sinner. I was the worst of the worst. I hurt a lot of people - but little by little God began to clean me up and he can do the same for you". One day at a time. One day at a time.

Victory Boxing Club 3GHSH: You couldn't do that yourself?

SP: Oh, absolutely. You can do it by yourself but it takes a lot of strength. You have to really surround yourself with the right people. Some people go to AA, and that works for them, that helps them. Other people go to treatment, drug rehabilitation treatment, and that works for them. Me, I have chosen to follow Christ and be a follower of Jesus Christ. As a result of it - He came that we may have life and life to the abundance, and that's why I do what I do.

GHSH: Yeah, you know there are a lot of people who say they want to know Jesus but the way that they're living they just can't do it. The reality is that they can't do it themselves and they need to come to him just as they are.

SP: Absolutely. Absolutely. The thing is that God knows all things, He sees all things, He hears all things, He's always there - He's always there. Even when you're at your rock bottom. I fear for my life. What I fear more than anything else in this world is that I begin to neglect the voice of God. That I begin to fall so far into my sin, whatever that might be, that I'm not conscious to the Holy Spirits voice in my life telling me, "Hey, you're getting too close to the fire". That's what people do you know. They put this wall up between them and God and God's knocking but they can't hear it no more because of that wall. He's always knocking on the door to our heart. So I fear that more than anything - that I begin to get so complacent in Christ - in the Word of God - thinking that now I've arrived. And that's the furthest thing from the truth. There's two kind of people in this world. Those that need God and those that need more God. Servando Perales needs more God - everyday. Everyday.

GHSH: What does Victory Boxing Club need?

SP: (Laughing) I'll tell you what we need ... we need finances. That's the bottom line. It takes about $125 thousand dollars a year to run this organization - with my salary included because I'm a full time employee. I'm the only full time coach that's on staff. We've been able to bless the other coaches with some finances when God has blessed us. And through grants, etc., we are a non-profit 501(c)(3). We spend $125 thousand a year and we only make $100 thousand a year - if that, through grants and through fundraising. So, we're always short. We realize that we're competing with a lot of great non-profit organizations out there. The majority of the money that we receive is gang prevention and gang intervention. This is an outlet for those members, for those wanna be's, for those kids that are hanging in the balance if you will - to join a gang or not. Their older brothers are in gangs. Their dads are in gangs. This is place of refuge for them where they don't have to join a gang because they found something and they belong to something greater than themselves. That's why we need your support. Finances are what we need. We would love to pay the building off. We only owe $75 thousand on the building and then it's ours. It's our home. This building is valued at $215 thousand dollars. It's over 10,000 sq/ft, 3 floors, we have a teen center, a teen academic center, kitchen, multi-purpose room, some offices for rent that are available - and we have about 6500 sq/ft for just the boxing center alone. With 45+ kids per night this whole facility is being utilized. We really want to pay this building off. That's one of our goals.

GHSH: How can someone get ahold of you? What's your website and your contact information?

SP: You can go to www.victoryboxingclub.org or you can email me at servando@victoryboxingclub.org or you can reach me at 402-612-8491. You can also donate at any US Bank under Victory Boxing Club.

GHSH: Alright. good. So this interview is for the Get Hungry - Stay Hungry motivational/inspirational website. What does Get Hungry - Stay Hungry ... because it means something different to everybody ...

SP: Sure, sure.

GHSH: But to you personally? What does it mean to Servando?

SP: Well, getting hungry was after the righteousness of God - for me - getting hungry for the word of God. That's why I went to Bible College and that's why I became a minister. After being a gang leader, after fighting professional, after getting home and saying, "Ok God, now what?" I believe after going on my first mission trip and getting called into full time ministry - I had to get hungry after Gods word - because I knew once I began to apply God's word into my life it would help transform my life and then I could give it to other people and give it away. It's free. The gospel is free, but it didn't come free. He paid the price. Staying hungry is staying rooted in the word of God. Apart from that I can do nothing. I can do nothing of significance without staying rooted in the word of God.

Victory Boxing Club 4GHSH: Yeah, amen.

SP: That's how I stay hungry. I gotta stay hungry after God's word. God's not naturally going to come down and appear to you. He appears to you through His word, because it is truth, it is hope, it is life for people. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me - John 14:6. And so, for me, that's it - the word of God. And you know what, I don't spend enough time in it like I should. We get so caught up in this rat race of trying to make ends meat, trying to fund raise, and trying to compete and take these kids out of town, and raise all the money to do that. Sometimes we neglect the word of God and trust me I feel it. I feel it when I don't because I have to etch out a time into my busy schedule everyday where I have to open up that word and dig in there and find the truth out for my life. For my children, my family, my wife.

GHSH: Well Servando, I just want to tell you thank you for the interview. It's inspirational to say the least. I've seen your gym. I've seen the awards. I've seen the kids. They're all moved by this and by what you've done. I thank you for that.

SP: Amen. Well I couldn't do it without a board of directors that believe in me, coaches obviously, volunteers, first and foremost my wife who is behind the scenes. We all need a team you know. We all need a team. Thank you . I appreciate you coming out.

GHSH: You bet. Thank you.

SP: God bless.

 

By Shane Fleharty / Get Hungry Stay Hungry

 

 

 

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