|Self Defense Program for Ages 12 and Older to Be Presented on July 20 by The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation in Blue Valley|
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 at an Overland Park location in late July.
The program is called T.A.K.E. Defense Training and has as its goal giving women ages 12 to 90 years old the self-protection skills that could help them avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend as portions of the curriculum use a partner. Mothers and daughters, friends and neighbors make great teams.
This program is being presented by The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation and was begun in 2004 in cooperation with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, City of Leawood Parks and Recreation, the Blue Valley Recreation Commission. The program was designed by JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker, a professional self-defense trainer, in consultation with local law enforcement agencies. The idea to offer community self-defense programs was originally brought to local recreation agencies by representatives of the Kemp family.
Advance registration for this program is appreciated with day of registration accepted. This two-hour program is free, but a suggested donation of $12 per person is appreciated, but not required. The program will be offered by Blue Valley Recreation Commission and will be held at Lakewood Middle School 6601 Edgewater Drive Overland Park, KS 66223 on Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. To register, call (913) 685-6000.
For class updates and additional offerings, see www.takedefense.org.