|Self Defense Program for Ages 12 and Older to Be Presented by The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation|
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 August.
The program is called T.A.K.E. Defense Training and has as its goal giving women of any age the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Mother-daughter participation is encouraged. Participants will learn basic techniques to thwart an attack and which could save their lives.
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 two different times on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the JCPRD's Athletic Training Center, 9301 W. 73rd St., Merriam. One class will take place at 9 a.m. and another will begin at 1 p.m. This two-hour program is free, but advanced registration is required and enrollment is limited to 20 people per class. To register for this program, call the Athletic Training Center at (913) 403-8272. On-line registration is not available. 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.
Self Defense: T.A.K.E. Foundation Seminar will also be offered on Sept. 11 at the Leawood Community Center, 4800 Town Center Dr., Leawood, and on Oct. 23 at the Blue Valley Recreation Center, 6545 W. 151st St., Olathe. To register for those programs, which will also be offered at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. on the days specified, call Leawood Park and Recreation at (913) 339-6700 or the Blue Valley Recreation Commission at (913) 685-6000.