Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park Martial Arts and Character Development Academy hosted their 5th annual Kick-A-Thon on Saturday, April 20 at the Arrillaga Recreation Center to benefit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Menlo Park Martial Arts Scholarship Program.
Over 40 students from Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park joined together for an hour Saturday morning at the Sequoia Room where their daily practices are held. This time, however, they weren’t there to practice. Led by the academy’s leadership team, the group tirelessly repeated single, double and triple-kick drills. The students spent the last few weeks gathering pledges for the kick-a-thon, and family members were on hand to count the kicks.
This is the fifth year in a row that the school has sponsored this event. “The school motto is ‘Building community. Developing leaders. Transforming lives.’” explains Chief Instructor, Kristin Quintana. “In this one event each year, we have the opportunity to focus on all three pieces of this, and the lives we help transform go way beyond the families in our school.”
At the end of the hour, the students had completed a school record-setting total of 93,500 kicks and raised just over $9,607. The youngest participant, only three years old, completed 100 kicks.