Wichita Olympian Hernandez raising money to bring family members to Rio

Wichita Olympic boxing hopeful Nico Hernandez, left, with his father/trainer, Lewis Hernandez. (Photo: KSN)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Earning a trip to the 2016 Summer Games, Wichita North grad turned Olympic boxer Nico Hernandez is working on bringing his parents and possibly other family members to Rio de Janeiro. It’s an expense that will run thousands of dollars.

Hernandez comes from a very close family, including his father/coach who’s trained him since he was a 9-year-old beginner.

Heading toward the Olympics, the Wichita North Alumni Association is hosting a fundraiser that could assist Nico along the way. The event won’t just benefit Hernandez.

Leading up to the 5th annual ‘Redskin Roundup’, Robb Rumsey with the Wichita Alumni Association told KSN, “We’re excited to help Nico out. He’s one of those people that can benefit a great deal, our goal is to help out all of the students at North.” He added, “We give money to help the teachers when they need it and we help the students.”

The upcoming fundraiser includes a BBQ style party. It’s on Saturday, June 25th from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at the Twin River Swim Club at 2248 Sweetbriar Street in Wichita. Reservations are requested.

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They’ll have some great items available at the June 25th fundraiser including a pair of boxing gloves autographed by Nico Hernandez and much more.

Closing in on Opening Ceremonies in early August, Hernandez told KSN, “The USOC takes care of the plane ticket and our stay, but as far as family it’s basically all on their own, I’m still trying to raise money for my parents to get to Rio with me/ Ever since I was little, we all traveled together, my mom too, I always heard her in the crowd.” Hernandez added, “I’m selling shirts, people have been supporting me, buying some from me, all the money I’m raising for that is all going to my parents to get to Rio with me.”

Supporters of Hernandez can also donate by clicking here to go to Nico’s gofundme page.

Nico Hernandez is the first Wichitan in over a decade to make it to the Olympics.

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