Kicking for Miracles

ATU Kicking for Miracles is a board break-a-thon and fundraiser conducted by martial arts schools around the world. 100% of the profits from Health Kick go to local Children’s Hospitals. Here on this page, you will find information for hospitals and schools to get started. Once you are ready to organize your own Kick-A-Thon in your community, visit the downloads section to view all required materials for the event!

Information for Hospital Representatives

How to get started:

  1. Work with the Tae Kwon Do school representative. Discuss and develop a plan for:
    • ACCEPTING DONATIONS
      Recommend the preferred way you would like to receive donations (such as having all checks made out directly to your hospital, whether or not you will accept credit cards, etc.).
    • PAYING FOR EXPENSES
      Discuss ahead of time what expenses will be paid for with proceeds from the event (such as printed materials, the cost of the boards, etc.). Decide if the Tae Kwon Do school will pay for the expenses and be reimbursed by the hospita, or if the hospital will pay for all expenses up front. If the Tae Kwon Do school will be reimbursed, stress the need for keeping all receipts!
    • SELECTING A SITE FOR THE EVENT
      Smaller Tae Kwon Do Schools (150 or less students) can hold the event at their own school, or have the event in a shopping mall or plaza. Mid-size Tae Kwon Do schools (150 to 300 students) should rent a middle school or high school gym, preferably one with bleacher seating. Larger Tae Kwon Do schools will need to rent a college gymnasium or other large venue with seating.
    • PRINTING MATERIALS
      There are several items that will need to be printed for this event (see the downloads area). Most Tae Kwon Do schools do not have a graphic designer to edit the materials. It is strongly recommended for the hospital to handle this aspect of the event (otherwise it can be a major stumbling block for most Tae Kwon Do schools). Discuss with the Tae Kwon Do school the quantities needed based on their expected number of participants.
    • SUPPLYING WOODEN BOARDS
      The Tae Kwon Do school will already know a board supplier and will be able to help with supplying boards for the event.
    • DJ SOUND
      A speaker system will be needed for the speeches and announcements. In addition, most events have a DJ to play music during the board breaking part of the event.
    • PRIZES FOR FUNDRAISERS
      We recommend that all students who raise at least $35 receive a Kicking for Miracles Health Kick T-shirt. The Health Kick logo is available in the downloads area and can be provided to any T-shirt printer you select. In addition, it’s recommended to have grand prizes for the top fundraisers. Of course, it’s preferred to get all prizes donated from local area stores.
  2. Promote the event
    • The Tae Kwon Do school will promote the event to their own students by handing out fundraising packets and by making announcements at the school. External promotion (press releases, ads, flyers, etc.) is generally set up by the hospital.
    • Most Kicking for Miracles events feature local celebrities and sports figures as ‘celebrity board breakers’ at the event (as part of the speeches and check presentation). This is not necessary, but is useful in promoting the event.
  3. Have the Event
    • STUDENTS BREAK BOARDS
    • CEREMONIES
      Speeches by masters, hospital representatives, and distinguished guests
      Celebrity Board Breaking (optional)
      Demonstration by black belts or instructors
    • STUDENTS BREAK MORE BOARDS
    • CHECK PRESENTATION
      Big Check presented (photo op)
      Award top fundraiser prizes
      Announce fundraising total and present symbolic big check

For additional information, download the A-to-Z ‘how-to’ guide for the Kicking for Miracles event.

Information for Martial Arts Schools

How to get started:

  1. Visit your local children’s hospital (or local general hospital if you don’t have a children’s hospital). Ask to speak to the person in charge of fundraising for the hospital. Explain your event and have them visit this website.
  2. Work with the hospital representative. Discuss and develop a plan for:
    • Accepting donations
    • Paying for expenses
    • Selecting a site for the event
      • Smaller Schools (150 or less students): use your own dojang, or space in a shopping mall or plaza.
      • Mid size schools (150 to 300 students): rent a middle school or high school gymnasium, preferably one with bleacher seating.
      • Large schools or multiple locations: rent a college gymnasium or other large venue with seating.
    • Finding vendors
      • Printer (for fundraising letter, envelopes, posters, etc.)
      • Board supplier: thin boards for younger children, regular childrens’ boards, and thicker adult boards.
      • DJ Service
    • Promoting the event
    • Supplying prizes (T-shirts for all participants, as well as prizes for top fundraisers)
  3. Promote the event to your students.
    • Posters
      Hang mini posters in your school approximately one month prior to the event. Use several posters and place them in the highest traffic areas of your school.
    • Classroom Announcements
      Be certain that all of your staff know about the event and practice together how to announce it to students and families. Below is a sample script for this purpose.
      “Class I would like to make a very exciting announcement before we finish today. Our dojang is going to be having a Kicking for Miracles Fundraiser on _____. On that day we will be breaking boards to benefit (the name of your local Children’s Hospital). It’s a very good cause and it will be a lot of fun. Our goal is to break (number amount) boards and raise (dollar amount). We would like to see all of our students take part in this very important even,t so please pick up a Kicking for Miracles fundraising packet on your way out today. If you have any questions about the event please see your instructors.”
    • Personal Invitations
      In addition to in class announcements it is also recommended that you and your staff speak with as many individual families as possible. Answer any questions they may have and motivate them to be as fully involved as possible.
    • Individual Student Thermometers
      As students commit to participate in your Kicking for Miracles fundraiser, post a thermometer with their name on it on a prominent wall or mirror in your school. Each day when the students come in for their classes have a specified instructor they can report to or at least a log sheet where they can update their totals. Then at the end of each class or at the end of the day update their thermometer by filling it in with a marker up to the amount they have raised. If a student completes an entire sheet (by raising $100), post another sheet above it as they continue raising donations. Top fundraisers often raise several hundred to even a thousand dollars!!
    • School Thermometers
      Your school thermometer is usually set up in increments of hundreds or thousands depending on your school’s goal. Remember to update it regularly – it will excite your students as they see your progress.
  4. Have the Event.
    • Students break boards
      Minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises can occur. Be prepared to respond appropriately for these or any other injuries.
    • Ceremonies
      Speeches by masters, hospital representatives, and distinguished guests
      Celebrity Board Breaking (optional)
      Demonstration by black belts or instructors
    • Students break more boards
    • Check Presentation
      Award top fundraiser prizes
      Announce fundraising total and present symbolic big check

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