Teaching children to help inspire others through their actions is a challenge, even for the most trained.
But, when a child is able to influence their peers, impact their community, and “wow” their family — one has to stop and recognize that kids who inspire others are “getting it”.
On Saturday, September 26th @ 8:00 AM students at The Dojo of Karate will gather for their inaugural 1,000 Kicks Challenge to help raise funds for Growing Home, a local non-profit in Westminster, CO.
Growing Home was established in 1998 with the goal of serving their community with a “wrap-around” approach, by helping families in need of shelter, healthcare, homelessness assistance, early childhood interventions, educational assistance, and providing a food pantry that is stocked daily.
In 2014, Growing Home proudly served over 4,600 families, including more than 16,000 individuals, which 61% of them were children.
“My goal as a martial arts instructor is to help our students gain more confidence, develop respect, learn the value of dedication, and empower them to inspire others” says Javier Lozano Jr, owner and head karate instructor of The Dojo of Karate.
“I want our students to be apart of something that is bigger than them. Something that gives hope to other families, and kids their age. Even if our students don’t know who these families are, they can leave the 1,000 Kicks Challenge with a sense of personal pride and community service.”
The Dojo of Karate has decided to team up with Growing Home and organize a community wide charity event where students AND non-students can get together and do 1,000 kicks with the goal of raising over $3,000 dollars, with 100% of the proceeds going to Growing Home.
During the charity event, participants will perform a variety of basic kicks, combination kicks, jumping kicks, and spinning kicks.
Participants will need to ask for pledges starting as low as $.01 per kick, meaning a donor could help Growing Home with a simple $10 contribution.
Lozano says, “we are encouraging all of our students to invite a friend so they too can experience this opportunity of sharing hope and inspiring others. And, we plan on giving out a prize to the student that finishes their 1,000 kicks the fastest."
In addition, The Dojo of Karate is looking to partner with some local businesses that would be willing to donate services and/or products as raffle prizes. Sponsors of this community wide charity event will have the opportunity to also place a booth about their business.
To learn more about The Dojo of Karate’s 1,000 Kicks Challenge on Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 AM, please call them at 303-920-4500 email: info@TheDojoOfKarate.com