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Photos: De La Hoya, Broner, Mitchell, Jacobs, USO Tour

ARLINGTON, VA. - Olympic Gold Medalist and former Ten-Time World Champion in six weight divisions who turned USO veteran, Oscar de la Hoyatouched down stateside today following a whirlwind seven-day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Kuwait and Iraq.  Accompanied by up-and-coming fighters Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell, De La Hoya led the group to the Middle East on March 8, where they went on to extend their thanks to troops and visit eight military bases.  Among some of the installations visited were Camp Arifjan, COB Basra, Camp Victory, Camp Liberty, JSS Loyalty and JSS Justice. (Photos Credit: USO photo by Steve Manuel)

Having lifted the spirits of thousands of servicemen and servicewomen, the group held a series of boxing clinics as well as signed hundreds of autographs and delivered an infinite number of smiles.  Most telling of the group's popularity among troops was seen at Camp Victory, where more than 600 troops turned out to attend a USO boxing demonstration featuring the fighters.  Despite the tour coming to a close, its impact on De La Hoya and the others were felt once they returned home.

 

Quotes: Attributed to Oscar de la Hoya:

[On the impact the tour had on his life...]

"Going on this USO tour and spending time with the servicemen and servicewomen who protect our country was a life-changing experience. You don't realize what it means to be a participant in our military efforts and the sacrifices each one of them is making to fight for and protect our freedom until you see it first-hand."

[On what he learned while out on tour...}

"Hearing their stories and seeing what they go through on a daily basis has changed my life. The opportunity to see how our troops live and understand their ability to be ready for anything at a moment's notice showed me what it means to be truly brave."

[On what he plans to do after his tour...]

"I hope that we were able to make a difference in the lives of the troops we met. I am dedicated to continuing to help the USO with their mission of uplifting the spirits of our nation's troops, sharing my experiences and encouraging others to support our brave servicemen and servicewomen in any way they can."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by figzuki on 03-16-2011

this is awesome, especially me being in the navy, it means a lot when celebrities and important people do these kind of things...

Comment by UglyPug on 03-15-2011

that's whats up. smart move by oscar - trying to expand the fanbase. MMA is probably the more popular combat sport amongst service men and women, however, DLH prolly just got a lot more attention from a demographic widely untargeted…

Comment by shaps29 on 03-15-2011

Boxing is so fixed, i wonder how long this trip was planned. Would De La Hoya be taking Ponce De Leon if he got the decision instead of Broner, 99-91 lol.

Comment by jjbj2 on 03-15-2011

I'm thinking Afghanistan is still a hot zone. Kuwait should be a nice place for Oscar and his crew to do their USO tour. Iraq is a little bit peaceful. Those JSS places, I never heard of it must be…

Comment by Pessimistic on 03-15-2011

True dat and amen onechance87.

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