LAS VEGAS - Johnny Nunez grew up
wrestling in Idaho, but started boxing five
years ago when he moved to Las Vegas.
challenging, especially being pigeon-toed," he joked.
Laughs aside, Nunez
takes boxing very seriously because of the camaraderie and confidence it
brought about in him.
He sees that same
development in young kids who embrace the sport. Nunez is teaming with the
non-profit Operation HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) to offer free
boxing and wrestling courses for disadvantaged youth.
"It's kind of like,
maybe, a martial arts, boxing, after school program. It's in the works," he
Nunez says he wants to
target kids who face challenges like his nine-year-old autistic cousin.
"He watches me fight on TV.
He gets picked on, a lot, so it's kind of hard, but he stands up for himself
too," Nunez said.
When Nunez isn't working
out at the gym, he's bussing tables at Encore Beach Club, where he told
coworkers about his upcoming program and his plan to fund part of it.
"Everybody is like a
family there," he said. "Once I said I'm doing a charity event, everybody is
like, ‘I'm all in.' We've got cocktail waitresses doing some rounds."
He organized a Fight for
Autism sparring event and raised $5,000 in one evening.
"He has the same DNA that
our organization has - reaching out to others in need," said Operation HOPE
founder Elliot Shin.
"The industry life isn't
just night time, what it's perceived to be. We give back too," Nunez said.
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reward Johnny Nunez for his efforts, awarding him $800 as part of its weekly
series Acts of Kindness.
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