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Self Defense Program for Ages 12 and older to be presented on April 13 in Shawnee by The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation
POSTED: 03/21/2012
The program is called The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation Seminar and takes its name from a woman who was murdered in June 2002 while working alone as a lifeguard at a subdivision pool.

The program, which has been presented to more than 46,000 women and girls since 2004, gives women ages 12 and up the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend as portions of the curriculum use a partner and mothers and daughters or good friends make great teams. Participants will learn basic techniques which could save their lives and thwart an attack.

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 two-hour program is being offered at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.. The program is free, but advance registration is required and enrollment is limited. To register for this program, go to

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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