Joining forces, HFD and HPD Play Ball at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in 1st Annual Julio Lozada Softball Classic

(HARTFORD, Tuesday, June 13, 2017) – The Julio Lozada Foundation is proud to announce that the 1st Annual Julio Lozada Softball Classic will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Police Department bring it on in this bragging rights fundraiser to provide education mentorships and scholarships for students in the Greater Hartford region.

"I'm grateful for the Lozada Foundation's tremendous and longstanding commitment to Hartford's kids,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “Our dedicated firefighters and police have always been great partners of the Lozada Foundation, and I look forward to seeing them square off on the field to have some fun and raise some money to support the foundation's mission."

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Johnny 'Coach' Callas: Changing Lives Through Boxing

HARTFORD — Coach, father figure, mentor. Those are a few of the titles that Johnny "Coach" Callas has collected over the past 28 years.

"I made a gut decision to go into boxing and I made a gut decision to go into social work," Callas said. "They were the two best decisions in my life."

Those gut decisions created COBA (Charter Oak Boxing Association & Youth Development Program). Callas is the CEO/founder of COBA, boxing coach at Trinity College and is a 25-year veteran with the DCF (Department of Children and Families). He is also a 2013 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, a referee and has a master's in social work.

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