Rock entered the world of boxing & was involved in guiding Riddick Bowe to the Heavyweight Championship of the World. In Nov. of 1992, Rock negotiated the largest compensation package for an athlete in sports history.
Rock instituted the nation's first Funds for Guns program & on MLK day in 1993 paid in excess of $300K taking in more than 3K guns off the streets. WDC celebrated their native son; proclaiming ROCK NEWMAN DAY in his honor. Rock founded & instituted the much imitated "Rock for the Vote" campaign where his creative efforts helped register thousands.
Rock was an early trailblazer in the fight against Apartheid. He was subsequently recognized & honored as he shared a very special private dinner with Nelson Mandela. Rock organized an int'l relief effort during the famine in Somalia & led the personal delivery of more than $1 Million worth of food and medical supplies to the Somalian refugees. As a result he was greeted by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome.