Sugar Ray Leonard Announced as Keynote Speaker for Champions of Health Gala

(TULSA, Okla.) — Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will serve as keynote speaker at the 2019 Champions of Health Gala, to be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26, at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa.

The 16th annual Champions of Health Gala will honor individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Oklahomans. All proceeds from the event benefit The Oklahoma Caring Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that provides Oklahoma children with immunizations at no charge. For 20 years, its Caring Vans have provided more than 195,000 underserved children with over 335,000 vaccinations. 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma Caring Foundation.

Leonard is a former professional boxer, author, and television personality. His celebrated career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic games, he turned professional.

Since 2009, the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation has helped children lead healthier lives through diet and exercise, funded countless research projects, and offered life-changing patient care for children living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

“We’re honored to welcome boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard to Oklahoma,” said BCBSOK President Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D. “His work to improve the health of children directly aligns with the values of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and the Champions of Health program.”

The Champions of Health awards program is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Medical Association.

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