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Self Defense Program for Ages 12 and Older to Be Presented in Olathe on June 17
POSTED: 05/26/2006
A self-defense program meant to help women and girls fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident during the summer of 2002 is being offered at an Olathe location in mid-June.

The program is called The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation Seminar and takes its name from a woman who was strangled in June 2002 while working alone as a lifeguard at a subdivision pool.

The program, which has been presented to well over 5,000 women and girls since mid-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 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 program is being offered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the Mill Creek Center, 311 E. Park, Olathe. This two-hour program is free, but advance registration is required and enrollment is limited to 100 people per class. To register for this program call the City of Olathe at (913) 971-6263. 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.

The JCPRD's ACTIVITIES catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 VOICE or (913) 831-3342 TDD. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District's website at

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