|First of two presentations of T.A.K.E. Self Defense Program on the Field at Kauffman Stadium is May 1|
The seminar will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on May 1. Participants are being asked to complete a registration form they can find online at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/community/take_defense.jsp and bring it with them, but officials said walk-in participants will be accepted on the day of the event. Both seminars are taking place Saturdays when the Royals are out of town. A September 2009 program at Kauffman set a new record for attendance at a T.A.K.E. seminar, with more than 950 people in attendance.
Those planning to attend are who are coming from the east or west should take Interstate 70 to the Blue Ridge Cutoff (Exit 9), enter the stadium complex through Gate 2, and proceed to Gate D at Kauffman Stadium. Those coming from the north or south should take Interstate 435 to the sports complex (Exit 635) , enter the stadium complex through Gate 6, and proceed to Hy-Vee Gate B at Kauffman Stadium.
In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, those planning to attend are asked to call (913) 236-1290 to be advised of cancellation or rescheduling of the event. Participants should bring sunglasses and suntan lotion. Bottled water will be provided.
The T.A.K.E. self-defense program 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 neighborhood pool in Johnson County. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and to give women ages 12 and older the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming victims of violent crime.
JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker said the first half-hour of the class, consisting of verbal instruction and talk about safety awareness, will take place with participants in the stands and with Leiker and her staff standing on top of a dugout. For the hands-on training portion, Leiker will move to a stage on the turf and participants will move onto the field. The program has been presented to more than 33,700 women and girls since mid-2004.
A second on the field presentation of the T.A.K.E. seminar at Kauffman is scheduled for Sept. 25.