- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Wichita community has raised nearly $11,000 to send the parents of an Olympic boxer to Rio de Janeiro to watch their son compete in August.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/28Zq5b0 ) reports that the community has raised $10,900 for Nico Hernandez’s parents, Lewis and Chello Hernandez. The original goal to help with the couple’s travel expenses was $8,000.

The community raised $4,500 from by selling T-shirts and signed mini boxing gloves, $2,250 from a GoFundMe page, $2,900 in private donations and $1,250 from an auction by the North High Alumni Association.

Nico Hernandez is currently training in Texas with father, who has been his boxing trainer since he began the sport at age 9. Nico Hernandez will fight in the light flyweight division and will travel to Rio on July 19.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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