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Free T.A.K.E. Self Defense Program for ages 12 and older to be presented July 26 at Heartland Elementary
POSTED: 07/02/2008
A program which represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a 19-year-old Leawood resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a residential subdivision pool in the summer of 2002, is being offered in late July at Heartland Elementary, 12775 Goodman, Overland Park.

The program is called T.A.K.E. Defense Training and has as its goal giving women and girls 12 and older the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants will learn basic techniques which could thwart an attack and save their lives. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend as portions of the curriculum use a partner and mothers and daughters make great teams.

This program is being presented by T.A.K.E. (The Ali Kemp Educational) Foundation in cooperation with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, City of Leawood Parks and Recreation, and the Blue Valley Recreation Commission. The program was designed by JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker, a professional self-defense trainer, with consultation with local law enforcement agencies. The idea for the program was originally brought by representatives of the Kemp family to the local recreation agencies.

The program is being offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26 at Heartland Elementary, 12775 Goodman, Overland Park. This two-hour program is free, but advance registration is required and enrollment is limited. To register for this program call (913) 685-6000. Search for the keyword "self defense" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings. On-line registration is not available for this program.

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