Student Todd Vance Receives Channel 10 News Leadership Award

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Current student Todd Vance is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, mixed martial arts coach, personal trainer, and the founder of the Pugilistic Offensive Warrior (POW) program. Vance recently received the Channel 10 News Leadership Award for his POW program, which qualified him to be one of the finalists for the 2012 Lead San Diego Visionary Award. The POW class is more than a training session for Vance and the other veterans. Vance helps veterans overcome their struggles transitioning into civilian life. The classes are 90 minutes long, but most of the time Vance stays an hour or two after to meet with students or guests, and he has even worked out a deal with his gym to let veterans who aren’t members work out for free. Vance says, “It’s nice to know [my students] appreciate me so much to nominate me for the award. To actually be a finalist proves less about me and more about the success and importance of the program and the students who are now my family.”