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What is the cost to take a kid off the streets, put him or her in an environment of discipline and self-respect, and encourage them to achieve their personal potential?
This is the per-student expense for a year of martial arts training and equipment with City Champs Foundation, a Milwaukee organization dedicated to helping youths via the discipline of martial arts. The 4-year-old organization plans to expand its free training for youths in February by partnering with Combat Corner to open a new, 3,500-square-foot permanent home base on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
Hundreds of children, ages 6 to 18, have trained in City Champs programs at gyms and community centers. Ready to settle into a permanent space, organizers want potential supporters to know the relatively small amount – $300 – to offer this life-changing instruction.
“Boxing and martial arts training aren’t about teaching kids to fight,” said Jared Bell, founder of City Champs. “Rather, this training channels children’s natural energy and impulses in a constructive manner, teaching them confidence, self-control and leadership along the way.”
City Champs, a 501(c)3 organization, is seeking sponsors as it grows its presence in Milwaukee. Just $300 can put a child on a course of greater fitness and interpersonal skills. Contributions can be made at www.citychamps.org/support.
City Champs identifies potential participants through partnerships with fellow community organizations, educators and parents. Its program seeks to keep kids off the streets, and in gyms where they learn goal-setting and valuable life skills. The entire community benefits.
The free classes are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18. Anyone interested in participating can learn more by visiting www.citychamps.org and filling out the contact form at the page bottom.