Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award

PD Gladiators is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award. The tribute will be granted annually to a person living with Parkinson’s disease who has combated PD with hard work, dedication and perseverance–traits exhibited by Paul Delgado, the founder of the Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD program. Paul is retiring as the chairman of LDBF to focus on his health. In 2016, he was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease which afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries, such as athletes who take part in contact sports.

Rock Steady Boxing Certified Trainer for Parkinson's Disease

Paul Delgado is a former international boxing champion who earned a reputation for never quitting in the ring. As the head trainer for LDBF’s PD boxing program from 2014-2017, he inspired over 200 Gladiators to fight for their lives.

“We train them just as if they’re getting ready for a championship fight, but their fight doesn’t end,” he said.

Nominations for the Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award must be submitted on our online form by February 15, 2018. Any participant in a class in the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network in 2017 who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is eligible. All activities of a nominee to combat PD will be taken into account, not just participation in Network exercise programs. Self-nominations are permitted; members of the PD Gladiators board of directors are ineligible. Three finalists will be selected by a committee appointed by PD Gladiators by March 1, 2018, and the winner will be announced at Good Vibrations: A Night of Improv and Inspiration, a special event benefiting PD Gladiators held on Sunday, March 25, 2018. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.laugh4parkinsons.org.

Each annual winner of the Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award will receive a commemorative plaque and will have his or her photo and bio posted on this page.