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Wilmington Teen Heads to Boxing National Championship

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Last year Lateisha Darden laced up the gloves and competed as a 14 year old at the national championship & finished as the national runner-up in her weight class.... Next week she goes in more experienced and she goes in as a national golden glove champion as well... Not bad for the rising junior at New Hanover High School... "Are the boys at New Hanover a bit afraid of you? After all, you're a female boxer, John Rendleman asked. "No they just kinda play around, they're not scared of me. I haven't beaten up on any of them. Lateisha sports a 25-5 record...She's a member of the Port City Boxing Club.... and Andre Thompson is her coach and Lateisha enjoys hitting people in the ring. Now I know if I were sitting at home watching this story I'd be saying to myself, why is coach Andre Thompson training Lateisha on a basketball floor at Gregory School instead of a boxing ring...well there's a reason, and it involves the city of Wilmington. Andre Thompson said: "the city cut the program on August 6th, when I was on vacation, and I didn't know anything about it." Once the city boxing program got knocked out...literally, Andre Thompson took matters into his own hands. He started the Port City Boxing Club and handles everything associated with the non-profit club on his own..which includes trying to make Lateisha a national champion...and if that happens, Lateisha's grandfather might just change his attitude about Lateisha's boxing...Lateisha added: "I want to show my grandfather I'm not a loser, every time I come back from a match he says: did you lose? I want to show him that I'm a winner and that I can do it."

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Way to go Lateisha Keep it

Way to go Lateisha Keep it up girl. We as your Wildcat Family are behind you 100%. You rock!

GREAT JOB COACH ANDRE!!!

I am so happy to learn that Andre has continued on his own the boxing program for our youth. My son, Waun, was coached by Andre last year and won his title. We have moved from Wilmington since then, and was sadden by the news that the boxing program was cut. Keep up the good work Coach Andre.. the kids really need all the support they can get from the community leaders such as yourself. Congrats Lateisha!!