Karate Uniform Donation

April 14, 2013

After Hurricane Sandy, Party With Purpose raised over $10,000 to help people affected by the storm. We heard about a local karate program—Jin-Che-Fway Karate—in Hoboken that provided free classes to kids on the western edge of town in the Housing Authority. They lost their uniforms in the flood, so we contacted their teacher, Sensei Ray Rodriguez, to see how we could help. Some of our board members attended an exhibition where the children were sparring for their parents and quickly learned that not only is Sense Rodriguez teaching self defense, but he is also teaching the kids self-discipline, respect, and responsibility. We knew we wanted to help and surprised the kids by showing up with brand new karate uniforms.

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See the video of our donation here.

We also heard the great news that one of the 12-year-old karate students, Shekea, just won first place at the 2013 All American Open Tae Kwon Do – Karate – Kung Fu Championships on March 16.

Read the Hoboken Patch article about how she beat out 40 other competitors.

“Shekea is a wonderful student. Hard-working, helpful, and a very rare find,” says Rodriguez. Now that she won first place, he says, “we are looking forward to the next one! I’d once again like to thank Party With Purpose for helping us at the Jin-Che-Fway Karate School.” Since then, their team has grown and more kids want to join the program.