Columbia, SC, December 01, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, November 15th, Samurai Karate Studio held a kick a thon at its studio from 1:00pm to 2:00pm to support the American Red Cross. 26 students, ranging in age from 4 to 49 years old, participated in this community event.
According to Sensei Feldt, owner and chief instructor of SKS, "The students did a wonderful job with this kick a thon!" "The kids and the adults worked really hard for the full hour and were really motivated to break our record from last year!"
During last year's kick a thon, the studio raised just over $600.00 for Project Action, an organization that helped fight junvenile crime by keeping at risk children out of gangs. The students kicked just over 30,000 kicks.
"I challenged my students to double last year's record and reach a goal of $1,000 dollars in donations," commented Sensei Feldt. "I am proud to announce that my students kicked 78,118 kicks and raised $1,013 for the American Red Cross!"
The American Red Cross serves the Midlands community in several different ways. Most people associate the Red Cross with providing blood to those in need, but they also work to provide emergency relief in disasters. According to their website, the American Red Cross "focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs. In addition to these services, the core of Red Cross disaster relief is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disaster to enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently."
The kick a thon started precisely at 1:00pm and lasted one hour. The leading kickers included one adult at 4,200, three children at just over 5,200 and one of the studio's Little Samurai students, who just turned 6 who performed 3,275 kicks.
"As part of our Project Based Leadership program, community service is a requirement for all of my students, particularly as they get higher in rank," commented Feldt. "While this certainly was a great activity for my students, because it was physically challenging, the most important message is that we all have the potential to make a difference in the world, no matter what our age!"
This year, SKS has raised money to support several local charities, performed free workshops on stranger danger, self defense and bullying, and written letters to the troops to thank them for their courage and the sacrifice they make for our country.
Samurai Karate Studio is located in the Magnolia Pointe Shopping Center at 2000 Clemson Road, Suite # 9, Columbia, SC 29229. If you would like more information about the studio please call Sensei Feldt at 803-462-9425.