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First of two presentations of T.A.K.E. Self Defense Program on the Field at Kauffman Stadium this year is June 11
POSTED: 05/20/2011
 
The seminar will take place beginning at 10 a.m. 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. This session will take place on a Saturday when the Royals are out of town.

Those planning to attend should register online at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/communiy.take_defense.jsp and print a waiver to bring with you, although walk-in participants will not be turned away. 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. A second T.A.K.E. presentation at Kauffman stadium is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 24.

Those 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.

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. 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 40,000 women and girls since mid-2004.

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