2012 Kick-A-Thon for Operation Back 2 School
Christian Martial Arts was proud to be a part of this year’s Kick-A–Thon to raise money for our community. Each competitor arranged for sponsors to donate for the amount of kicks performed. We had 26 Tae Kwon Do students perform 58,000 kicks! “Most of us are sore and are sporting bruises, but as far as I know, no one was hurt.” said Mr. Richard Garner, Director of Christian Martial Arts Academy. We had some great athletes step up and give it all they had. Congratulations to Josiah Spears with 4210 kicks, and Gerardo Burciaga with 3620 kicks, first and second place respectively. Michael Morris received the most pledges, and Amier Rajaiy was able to get the most sponsors. We thank everyone who participated in the Kick-A-Thon by kicking, sponsoring, praying, and/or donating for children to have backpacks full of school supplies!
I absolutely loved this opportunity to demonstrate all the techniques I have learned during the Tae Kwon Do classes. I am Elizabeth, a mother of a 6 year old Gold belt at CMA, who also kicked away for an hour. I felt honored to kick for an hour as I focused on so many little children in our community that will gain free supplies because I tried my hardest. I had a goal of 100 kicks. This was my first time to be a part of Christian Martial Arts giving back to the community and did not know what to expect. Mr. Garner is very encouraging and inspirational. Thank you for guiding all 26 students to do our best as we followed your example. I passed my goal of 100 within the first 5 minutes and completed 1175 kicks in one hour. I felt sore and tired but more importantly I give God the Glory for this great opportunity to give back to Him as a servant.
Each participant was excited to kick but we also got to go tell people about 6 Stones and the great work it does for the community. We went out to gain sponsors from family, friends, and co-workers. The support was wonderful as some people sponsored a flat rate and some per kick. Together we raised $1,521.74 so far for Operation Back 2 School, and we pray now for the children who will be coming to pick up their backpacks and supplies before school starts.
Come see us soon at Christian Martial Arts Academy and spend some time in our Tae Kwon Do class. I know you will enjoy it. We give God the Glory as we work out together to train and grow in strength and wisdom.
Thanks Elizabeth for the great write up!