Colorado-based Ripple Effect Martial Arts instructors and students break boards for a cause, with $8,000 raised for Children’s Hospital of Colorado Foundation.
Fort Collins, CO: Over the August 20-21 weekend, Ripple Effect Martial Arts students and instructors raised $8,000 for Partners for Children’s Mental Health, a division of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado Foundation. The two-day fundraiser saw more than 1,000 boards broken by kids, parents, and black belt instructors who donated their money and their muscles for a good cause.
The $8,000 raised supports Colorado non-profit Partners for Children’s Mental Health, whose mission is to “bring communities together to build a mental health system that better serves all children, youth, and families.”
“We exist to create black belts and leaders to support our local communities,” says Andrew Wagoner, General Manager of Ripple Effect Martial Arts’ schools in Fort Collins, Johnstown and Longmont. “A weekend of 1,000 broken boards smashed by hundreds of students was amazing fun. But the way everybody supported each other and worked to raise this money for kids’ mental health is what makes me most proud.”
Master Instructor Greg Macy, a Colorado native, founded Ripple Effect Martial Arts in 2013. The schools, located in Fort Collins, Longmont and Johnstown, teach self-defense and curriculum based on the systems developed by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, the “Father of American Tae Kwon Do.” Learn more at rippleeffectmartialarts.com.