New Jersey – On Sunday, April 10, over 1,000 people gathered to watch and participate in Martial Arts With Heart‘s One Million Kicks for Smiles fundraising event. The karate exposition and challenge was hosted by the charitable arm of the United TaeKwonDo Academy. Competitors and students of all ages brought forth their skills in the culmination of their year long fundraising efforts.
The martial arts exposition featured demonstrations by masters and their students as well tests of skill including the group breaking 2,000 wood boards in under 5 minutes.
Throughout the year the students were able to raise nearly $50,000 , presenting a check to Smile Train’s own Anna Lawrence that will provide nearly 200 surgeries for children that would otherwise never be able to smile!
Smile Train would like to give a special thank you to Bryan Klein, Dr. Nicholas Despotidis, Greg and Laura Saxon, Brienne Alfano, and all of the students, families, volunteers, and donors who made this wonderful event and so many new smiles possible through their hard work, dedication, commitment, and generosity.