Friday Feels: How One Uber Driver Made It To Rio To Watch His Son Compete

Photo: GoFundMe.
The 2016 Games haven't even officially started, but already there's a feel-good Olympics moment that might trump all others. It's every parents' dream to see their son or daughter compete in the Olympics (if their child is an elite athlete, that is). But when Uber driver Ellis Hill's son Darrell made the U.S. Olympic team for shot put, the actual logistics of getting to Rio didn't seem possible. That's when fate intervened. According to NBC10, Liz Willock missed her flight and ended up as Hill's Uber passenger. When she asked him if he was going to go to Rio to watch his son, he said he couldn't afford it. So Willock took charge, setting up a GoFundMe account to get him there. Hill's son Darrell and Darrell's friends chimed in on Twitter:
Within a week, the fundraiser surpassed its $7,500 goal, and now, Hill is headed to Rio to see his son achieve his Olympic dream.
Uber also contributed to the efforts with ride credits and a restaurant gift card. You can cheer Hill on yourself when the men's shot put qualifiers begin in Rio on August 18.

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