He has not fought in the ring for well over ten years, but former IBF light middleweight champion Paul "The Ultimate" Vaden fights a different fight these days. Besides working as a motivational speaker to many Fortune 500 companies, the former champ spends his days devoting countless hours to charities and campaigns that are important to him, many in his hometown of San Diego.
As an author, Vaden tells the story of achieving his life long dream of becoming a world champion and the price he paid, in and out of the ring. In his book, "Answer the Bell: Inventing Your Life as a Champion," is an inspirational look on how a former world champion turned tragedy into triumph. It's available on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
One of his latest projects is addressing bullying, an out of control epidemic that involves imposing aggressive behavior upon others, it can be mental or physical. It can happen at school, the workplace, cyber, even at home. Bullying is an issue that caught Vaden's attention, he decided to do something about.
Vaden is working on a new book, Answer the Bell/Anti-Bullying Campaign. He is working with the San Diego Police Department, speaking at schools and taking part in forums dealing with bullying. Vaden said, "This is a sad dilemma, but my campaign and plea will go far beyond schools and children." Vaden also said, "I wasn't aware that our police force (San Diego) who 'Protect and Serve,' are lacking financial support in many areas."
Vaden's good friend Dan Shea, one of the Co-Founders of the San Diego Police Foundation introduced Paul to Foundation CEO Sara Napoli, Vaden says it had an impact on his life, and he hopes he's been a small piece of a positive asset.
Last November, Vaden attended the Gold Shield Gala, an event presented by the San Diego Police Foundation to recognize the work of the officers who do so much more than protect the city. "Any way I can help draw awareness to their needs, I'm all in," said Vaden. Also, it was an opportunity for Vaden to sit down face to face with San Diego Police Chief, William Lansdowne and his team on a personal level.
Simply said, Paul "The Ultimate" Vaden experienced glory, defeat and glory once again. He is a humble former world champion who "gives back," and is a living testament that one can achieve anything.
Vaden is involved with many charitable organizations, next week, we take a look at his involvement with the San Diego Chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.