Champion boxer Oscar de la Hoya joined the winning teams from the Teen Tech Challenge during an awards ceremony and lunch Tuesday, December 2nd, at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

The Teen Tech Challenge is a technology competition created in conjunction with the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation to encourage teens and young adults to get excited about technology-related careers and build online communities through nonprofit technology training programs.

The competition winners are the Brotherhood Crusade, the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Microsoft, in conjunction with the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation, created the technology competition to inspire youths to pursue technology-related careers, a Microsoft spokesperson said.

“This need for technology employees presents an opportunity for future generations of young students to engage in technology careers and increase their chances to become part of the U.S. workforce when they graduate,” said Celeste Alleyne, Western Region citizenship director of Microsoft.

“At Microsoft, we strive to create special programs like the Teen Tech Challenge, providing youth with access to the latest technology, and inspiring them to realize their full potential.”

The theme of the competition was “Tomorrow’s Leaders in the Workplace.” Over 200 participants between the ages of 13 and 21 received hands-on experience with the latest technology, while competing in one of three categories — photography, short films, and Web-based games.

Eighty projects were received from the organizations asked to participate, including The LA Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Brotherhood Crusade, Oscar de la Hoya Foundation, Tavis Smiley Foundation, Puente Learning Center and Magic Johnson Foundation.

The winning teams were recognized at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice event, where they received Microsoft products and software, in addition to a special lunch with de la Hoya.

“I am very proud to see so many young men and women participating in this challenge that Microsoft and my foundation created,” said de la Hoya. “It is very important that we offer our youths the tools they need to succeed in life, and an interest in science and technology careers will widen the students’ horizons and increase their chances of securing lifelong employment in the future.”

Information on the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation, www.golden